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NMIS Spearheads observance of Meat Safety Consciousness Week

“The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), as mandated under Proclamation No. 276 issued and signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos in 1993, spearheads this year’s weeklong observance of Meat Safety Consciousness Week (MSCW) from October 16 to 20, 2017. This year’s celebration is guided by the theme: “Mula tahanan hanggang katayan, ligtas na karne ang laan.”

NMIS Executive Ernesto S. Gonzales led the opening ceremony held at the NMIS Salvador H. Escudero III Hall last Tuesday morning with NMIS stakeholders, former officials and employees attending the event.

The weeklong celebration is observed nationwide with the NMIS 16 regional technical operations centers carrying out various activities to promote the event. The centerpiece activity for this year is the conduct of a nationwide awareness campaign on the benefit of buying safe meat. A public consultation on several rules and guidelines was also held to gather input from NMIS stakeholders on their acceptability once these are approved and issued into circulars. The holding of a meat fair, a regular activity for so many years now, is one activity that is always being awaited by consumers. This year, there are 17 meat processors and meat producers who joined the fair.

The MSCW aims to create awareness on the advantages of eating safe meat. As there are diseases that can be passed on from animal to man or meat that may contain drug residues in excess of established limit that may pose danger to human health, it is critical that the right information be made available to consumers so that they will have an informed choice when they buy meat. The clean handling of meat is also an important factor in choosing what meat to buy because poorly handled meat may cause food-borne infection or intoxication. It is only when these information are conveyed to the public that they are protected from the danger of buying and eating unsafe meat.

The agency also celebrates its 45th founding anniversary. The NMIC was first established in October , 1972 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 7 and Letter of Instruction No. 16. It was renamed as National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) under Republic Act (RA) 9296 (Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines) which took effect on May 12, 2004. Roberta L. Riguer