DA to put up ‘green lane’ facility for meat importers-A A +A
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
THE Department of Agriculture said it is planning on putting up a special ‘green lane’ facility for meat importers who have a good record of compliance with the law.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the DA will allow entry up to a maximum of six months from the period the livestock was slaughtered.
“I strongly believe that we have to protect our people from expired and expiring meat. This is a concern that should be addressed with a sense of urgency,” Alcala said.
Imported goods that pass through a ‘green lane’ are subject to minimal physical inspection.
The Secretary also said that the DA has found out several violations on meat importations from the United States, Canada and other countries.
He added he has personally instructed Undersecretary for Livestock Jose Reaño to closely monitor this ‘for the sake of meat processors who comply with government rules and regulations.’
According to the Secretary, he is saddened that there is still diversion of meat and that such violation has an impact not only on duties and the economy but also on health. (DA)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 05, 2014.