The Provincial Task Force assigned to monitor compliance to the “Temporary Ban of Pre-packed Unlabeled Processed Meat and By-Products” conducted an inspection in the capital town of Basco. The team is composed of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Provincial Veterinary Office, and Philippine National Police (PNP)-Batanes.

Twelve (12) business establishments were monitored and a total of 4kgs of processed unlabeled meat was confiscated during the monitoring. The confiscated by-products were said to be “Japanese Sausages” which do not have the Mandatory Label Information in their immediate container. The confiscated items were immediately disinfected and buried at an appointed disposal area.

The Provincial Task Force will conduct continuous monitoring and strict inspection at the entry points of these products to maintain an ASF-free Batanes. ♦

Date of Release: 20 April 2021