Philippines allows more meat imports from India

The Philippines has allowed the entry of more meat exports from India following compliance with quarantine and meat inspection.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar approved the application of six foreign meat establishments for the export of Indian buffalo meat or carabeef.

The local processing industry is importing Indian buffalo meat as a raw material for low-priced corned beef as it is relatively cheaper than locally-available meat.

Carabeef is among the agricultural products that the Philippines has a high dependency on importation. Import dependency for carabeef in the country is nearly 40 percent.

Dar said the foreign meat establishments were inspected and audited by the DA Inspection Mission and were found to comply with the Philippine food safety, quarantine and meat inspection systems procedures. They have also complied with the requirements of the World Organization for Animal Health specifically for foot and mouth disease.

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