SANTA MARIA, Bulacan — Approximately half a ton of “hot” meat were confiscated and condemned in Santa Maria town on Wednesday (July 31).
In a press statement released on Thursday (Aug. 1), P/Col. Chito Bersaluna, Bulacan police director, said joint elements of Bulacan’s provincial veterinary office led by Dr. Voltaire G. Basinang, together with the Municipal Agriculture Office of Sta. Maria, chief Dr. Arnel Garcia, arrested 10 persons for trying to transport the frozen meat products onboard two public utility vehicles with license plate numbers CLN 658 and CWX 866 in the bypass road of Barangay Sta. Clara. in the said town.
223 boxes of imported pork jowls from Germany which were supposedly headed to a cold storage facility in Navotas City were confiscated.
Bersaluna identified the arrested persons as Amado Paguinto, Salvador Juancito, Renato Nicolas, Reynier Dublin, Clarence Dela Calzada, Joshua Magallanes, Christian Panti, Joe Daulong, Ricardo Feliciano and Mario Policarpio Jr.
Voltaire Basinang, the provincial veterinarian of Bulacan, said a total of 223 boxes of frozen meat each weigh approximately 20 kilograms each were confiscated and condemned.
“The suspects were not able to produce proper documents for the products and were considered mishandled because it is not in a refrigerated van,” Basinang added.
The boxes were buried in the municipal materials recovery facility of Sta. Maria with the assistance of the town’s police department and Mayor Yoyoy Pleyto.
The government has earlier banned in the country the importation of meat products coming from countries where there are incidents of African Swine flu affecting its swine industry.
Dr. Garcia and Dr. Basinang were tasked for the proper condemnation of the said products and are also in charge of filing legal cases against the shippers who did not have any certificate of meat inspection with them. (RONDA Balita Online News)