The Philippines may ban meat imports from Brazil following the detection of salmonella in some of the shipments from the Latin American country.
Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Assistant Director Simeon S. Amurao Jr. said the government will either ban individual plants in Brazil or impose a blanket ban on the said country.
The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) conducted the test on the imported meat products from Brazil and confiscated the ones that tested positive with salmonella.
Amurao assured the public that there is no rotten meat being sold in Philippine markets today.
From January to May this year, the Philippines imported 20,716.616 metric tons (MT) of meat and meat products from Brazil.
Chicken imports accounted for more than half of the meat and meat products purchased from Brazil, or about 62.64 percent. The Philippines imported 12,977.167 MT of chicken meat and products from Brazil during the five-month period.
In 2016 Brazil exported a total of 55,581.853 MT of meat and meat products to the Philippines. The figure was 5.86 percent higher than the 52,505.429 MT recorded in 2015.
More than half of the country’s meat imports from Brazil were mechanically deboned meat (MDM) of chicken. Chicken MDM imports last year reached 30,557.036 MT, 18 percent lower than the 37,314.374 MT posted in 2015.