Press Releases

NMIS supports the use of food grade ink for fresh meat 

The National Meat Inspection Service held a public consultation on the use of food grade ink for fresh meat stamping last October 8, 2018 at NMIS Training Room A.

The purpose of the consultation was to get the opinions of stakeholders on the draft Administrative Circular on the use of food grade ink in food animal carcass replacing gentian violet and the total ban on the use of gentian violet in Livestock, Meat Production and Trade.

The discussion began with a prayer by Dr. Marjenette Pajac- Padasas of Plant Operation Standards Monitoring Division and Acknowledgement of Participants by the moderator of the event, Dr. Jonathan V. Sabiniano, who is also the head of Laboratory Division and Chair for the Sub-Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food (SCRVDF) and member of the National Codex Organization Technical Committee.

Before formally beginning the consultation, NMIS Executive Director Dr. Ernesto S. Gonzales gave a brief message to the attendees wherein he said that the topic of the consultation is a very important and very timely issue to discuss. Moreover, he emphasized that NMIS will never compromise meat safety and that it is certainly most concerned about having a safe meat to eat for everyone.

Meanwhile, Ms. Danica Dimaya, head of Chemistry Section of NMIS Laboratory Division gave a brief background about gentian violet. She discussed that gentian violet or crystal violet is used as an anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiseptic product and its danger to animal and human health specifically causing anorexia, diarrhea, excessive thirst, gastrointestinal irritation, oral ulcer and thyroid cancer.

Ms. Dimaya also talked about the carcinogenicity and genotoxicity of gentian violet and the evaluation of Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives regarding this chemical product.

After that, Dr. Fidez T. Tambalo, a Specialist Microbiologist and University Researcher in the Enzyme Laboratory, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH) in University of the Philippines-Los BaƱos further discussed the risks of Gentian Violet by citing the countries where it is banned such as United States, Australia, Malaysia and Canada.  

In addition, she presented the food grade ink for meat stamping and highlighted that it is safe for human or animal consumption, plant-based and bluish in color.

Dr. Marvin Vicente, NMIS Acting Director II, National Codex Organization Technical Committee and NMIS Food Safety Focal Person and Chairperson of Food Grade Ink Technical Working Group then gave an update about Codex Standards.

She is followed by Ms. Dimaya for the presentation of the draft Administrative Circular regarding food grade ink.

To end the consultation, an open forum was held to get the comments and suggestions of attendees and also to entertain inquiries from them.

Questions like the legal basis of sanctions, the status of the supply of food grade and its were raised and later on answered by the presenters.

The meeting was attended by participants composed of slaughterhouse owners and operators, Bureau of Animal Industry, Department of Agriculture and National Meat Inspection Service representatives.


Pierre Jordan Escobar

Flooding and its effects, tackled in an NMIS symposium