By NITZ ARANCON
MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano yesterday allayed fears sparked by the 21 tons of dressed poultry brought from Bulacan to Tagoloan town, saying experts have certified that the shipment is bird flu-free.
Emano said the National Meat Inspection Service in Bulacan has certified that the dressed chickens are fit for human consumption.
Angie Barcelona, regional director of the NMIS here, said samples of the dressed chickens were taken and examined, and the result showed that these were of “good quality.”
Barcelona said the samples were examined as part of re-inspection proceedings despite the NMIS-Bulacan certification.
“Frozen man ni siya so nagkuha mi og sample ug among gipahumok ang meat. It turned out nga good quality ang maong mga produkto,” she said.
But Barcelona said the hold-order the NMIS here would remain in effect until it receives a “feedback” from its counterpart in Bulacan.
While authorities released the shipment from the Mindanao International Container Port, the dressed chickens were kept at a storage facility in Tagoloan.
Barcelona said the dressed poultry would not be allowed to be brought out until she received the “feedback.”
“Gisiguro nako kon kining akong nadawat nga inspection certificate nia-a nga mga product gikan ba gyud sa NMIS Region 3. Ma-o nang nangayo kog feedback didto,” she said.
Barcelona said the shipment belonged to a company that operates in Tagoloan and Bulacan.
“Usa ra man ka company ang tag-iya ana. Dili man nga ang tag-iya anang chicken meat nangopra didto sa Bulacan. Usa ra ka company ang tag-iya ana,” Barcelona said.
Gov. Emano earlier identified the consignee as Trium Agri-Business Logistic Frozen Chicken Meat based in Tagoloan.
Misamis Oriental veterinarian Benjamin said 21 kilograms of dressed chicken from Bulacan would have no effect on the the province’s poultry farm production.
“Ang atong ma-produce nga manok dinhi, ato man sad nga ipadala sa Manila,” said Resma.
Carlene Collado, director of the Department of Agriculture in northern Mindanao, said Region 10, which includes Misamis Oriental, is third in the list of top poultry producers in the country.
The region’s contribution is 11 percent of the 19.5 million heads of chicken the country produces annually.