FDA, NFU score anew 1,330 kgs. of undocumented chorizo in Calbayog Port

Published June 19, 2018, 10:52 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio

CALBAYOG, Samar — Another shipment of at least 1,330 kgs. of undocumented processed uncooked meat (chorizo) was intercepted by the joint posse of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Naval Forces Central, Philippine National Police (PNP), Military Intelligence Group Samar, Coastguard Eastern Visayas and Calbayog City Health Office on Tuesday at Maguinoo Port, Calbayog City.


The shipment transported through MV Filipinas Iloilo from Cebu Port owned by Marvin Docong, Jenel Reveche, Elden Edoloverio and Edgar Caparoso was merely packed in plastic bags and apple boxes also came from Talisay City, Cebu.

The items were seized because they lack pertinent documents to transport the processed uncooked meat.

According to Eugenia Castillote, FDA OIC Regional Supervisor the requirements needed to transport the processed uncooked meat are; License to Operate issued by FDA; DTI Permit from the source; official receipt that will reflect the tradename of the company; Transport Permit and Sanitary Permit.

Castillote slammed the city veterinary office for releasing the previously intercepted 800 kgs. of chorizo on June 5, 2018 owned by the same consignees, Reveche and Edoloverio.

In a follow-up report by Dr. Gerardo de Guzman, he said that Odoverio and other shippers were able to provide the required documents for the release of the 19 boxes of intercepted chorizo, but no records were furnished to other members of the team.

Castillote stressed that the intercepted food items are not under the city veterinary office’s jurisdiction because they are already processed.

“They should only look after live animals, but they are already processed so it should not be under them,” she told Manila Bulletin.

Authorities suspect that the meat products are made of double dead meat due to its large volume of production and shipment in a week, wherein Castillote cited that even the licensed processing plant in Eastern Visayas located in Ormoc City can only process as much as 20 kgs. per day.

Castillote noted that the shippers did not observe ‘good storage practice’ because the chorizo were only packed in apple boxes and were not frozen.

Samples of the seized items were taken by the city medical technologist and will be sent to DOST for testing. The authorities are still yet to determine if the meat products are fit for human consumption.