P100 million frozen meat seized in Cavite

Bella Cariaso - The Philippine Star
P100 million frozen meat seized in Cavite
Agriculture Assistant Secretary Arnel de Mesa (2nd from the left) leads the inspection of 10 illegal cold storage facilities containing smuggled frozen meat and agricultural products in Kawit, Cavite on Friday (June 14, 2024). The seizure of the smuggled products was conducted in collaboration with the Bureau of Customs.
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MANILA, Philippines — Frozen meat and other agricultural products have been seized at a warehouse in Kawit, Cavite, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported yesterday.

The DA and Bureau of Customs conducted a raid on May 31 and sealed the warehouse leased by Vigour Global Logistic Corp. on June 3.

DA Assistant Secretary and spokesman Arnel de Mesa said it was discovered that the warehouse had been converted into a cold storage facilities and stocked with, beef and pork products, assorted fish as well as Peking duck.

In a post-operation report to Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel, the DA inspectorate and enforcement office said 10 cold storage facilities were found hidden behind a fake wall and blocked by a van at the warehouse.

“This should serve a stern warning to unscrupulous traders that we will not stop in going after these illicit activities,“ Tiu Laurel said. ”We want to ensure that our farmers are not disadvantaged by these unfair and often illegal trade practices.”

Inspection conducted by the Bureau of Animal Industry and National Meat Inspection Service showed that some of the frozen food are not fit for human consumption.     

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