NMIS Conducts Public Consultations, Invites Comments on on 9 Draft Guidelines and Regulations
May 2015. In three public consultations during this month, the NMIS presented to stakeholders (9) draft guidelines and regulations which will serve as part of the legal framework of the agency. The proposed administrative laws will strengthen the implementation of Republic Act No. 9296 or “The Meat Safety Code of the Philippines”, as amended by R.A. 10536. The public consultations, which were held in Davao City, Cebu City and Quezon City, were attended by enthusiastic and vocal stakeholders from livestock, poultry and meat industries, and partners from the national agencies and local government units.
NMIS issues Memorandum 0372 to all Accredited Meat Importer Processor (MIPs)
13 April 2015. Executive Director Minda S. Manantan, in Memorandum 0372 announced the adoption of "Synchronized Accreditation Date for MIP and its Respective Meat Processing Plant" To view the Memorandum 0372 click this url http://nmis.gov.ph/attachments/article/984/Memprandum%200372.pdf
Seminar on the Danish Food Safety System
During his speech at the “Seminar on Danish Food Safety”, DA Undersecretary Jose C. Reaño announced that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has declared the Philippines foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) free without vaccination and peste petits ruminants (PPR) free. He added that the Philippines is recognized as an avian-influenza free country with no recorded outbreak. The announcement was greeted warmly by the participants from both the government sector and livestock and meat industries. He called on the DA livestock agencies and members of the industry to take advantage of the OIE recognition to expand markets of Philippine meat and meat products. He added that there was much to learn from the regulatory experiences of the Danish Delegation in food safety especially as the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10611 had been signed.
Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department Of Health (DOH) Sign the IRR of the Food Safety Act Of 2013
On February 20, 2015, DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and DOH OIC Secretary Janette L. Garin signed Joint Administrative Order No. 2015-0007 (DA-DOH JAO 2015-007) or the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of R.A. 10611, “An Act to Strengthen the Food Safety Regulatory System in the Country to Protect Consumer Health and Facilitate Market Access of Local Foods and Food Products, and for Other Purposes”, otherwise known as the “Food Safety Act of 2013.” The signing ceremony was held at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
Meat Standards Quality Assurance (MSQA) Unit Conducts Capability Training Workshop for NMIS Auditors
The Meat Safety and Quality Assurance Unit conducted the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point)/GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Technical Audit Report Writing Training Workshop for NMIS MSQA Auditors at La Breza Tower, Quezon City last January 27-20, 2015. Course tutor for the training was Ms. Marilag Mojica, a certified GMP and HACCP auditor.