THE National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) ensures the food safety and security of all consumers, as the meat industry overcomes the uncertainties and complexities that occur around us.
NMIS Executive Director Dr Jocelyn Salvador is leading the 49th anniversary celebration today, October 18, with a renewed commitment to provide technical assistance to meat establishments and protect the meat-consuming public.
Salvador oversees and controls the central office and regional technical operations centers of NMIS and has established policies and standards for the operation of the agency based on the plans and program of the President and the Ministry of Agriculture.
“The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is celebrating its 49th anniversary and the 28th Meat Safety Awareness Week October 18-22, 2021. The theme of the joint celebration is” Kalusugan ng lahat ay mithiin, karneng ligtas dapat tangkilikin “(Aiming for good health and healthy meat for consumers.) A webinar on food safety is scheduled for October 19 along with other activities for the rest of the week.
The NMIS issued Circular 05-2020-005 which provides guidelines to mitigate and suppress the transmission of Covid-19 in meat establishments.
“We have improved services through the application of information and communication technologies.
We are fighting African swine fever (ASF) in the midst of the pandemic. NMIS reassures customers that the meat industry is overcoming the challenges of the pandemic, ”she said.
Food production and supply continues amid ASF and pandemic. The meat industry is characterized by its agility and flexibility.
“Our people have become resilient because they are confident that management is always protecting them. Management is concerned with the best interests of its employees,” she added.
Opportunities, challenges, achievements
NMIS sees opportunities in the growing demand for meat and the growing number of establishments, as well as in advanced technology and international free trade. Threats include human and animal epidemics, pandemics, recessions, disasters, non-competitiveness of domestic livestock and poultry ranchers, limited farmland, and climate change.
The NMIS central office and all of its 16 regional technical operations centers have been certified to ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management System. NMIS has institutionalized the structure, mechanism and standards to implement the government quality management program.
The Philippines has been confirmed and included by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in its list of certified countries that reliably adopt hygiene management based on risk analysis and points of contact. critical review on May 26, 2021.
NMIS continues to provide technical assistance to meat establishments and local government units with the same objective of protecting the meat-consuming public from adulterated meat and promoting the safety and quality of meat in the community. It provided assistance to potential meat exporters, including Yakitori (Japan and Korea).
Strengthening and / or modernizing the NMIS meat laboratories was one of its priorities. NMIS aims for full implementation of automation initiatives for NMIS services and strengthens the conduct of meat safety advocacy with consumers, food business operators and the meat consuming public on the importance of handling and preparation, storage, processing, preservation of meat and appropriate derivatives. some products.