TWO tons of medicines and meat products seized at Trece Martires, Cavite on May 22, 2020 have been condemned by the Bureau of Customs-NAIA.
Port of NAIA District Collector Carmelita Talusan said some of the shipments that were condemned are unregistered medicines with an estimated weight of 350 kilos.
These medicines, she said, were seized for failure to obtain necessary clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and thus unsafe for human consumption.
Talusan said the condemnation of the unregistered medicines is part of Bureau of Customs border protection initiatives to protect the public against unsafe medicines. Along with the medicines are expired food stuff and meat products with no health clearance.
The said unsafe goods were condemned using the Themal Decomposer (Pyrolysis) Facility of the Integrated Waste Management Inc. located in Trece Martires City. The thermal decomposer will ensure the safety and no single waste item will find its way to the market.
Talusan said the condemnation was coordinated with Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and Commission on Audit (CoA).
This is in compliance with Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero’s directives to continue to protect the country against entry of illegal goods and importations that are not compliant to Customs regulations.
The BOC assures the public that it will continue to provide government service 24/7 to protect the country's border, Talusan said.