Committee Formed to Tackle What to Do with Banned Milk Shipments
The Bureau of Customs will take the lead in the committee formed by six government agencies to deal with the condemnation of imported milk and milk products found to be positive of the harmful chemical melamine.
Customs Special Order 37-2008 creates an inter agency committee to deal with the condemnation or re-exportation of imported products not admitted under the Consumer Act of the Philippines.
Commissioner Napoleon Morales is enlisting the support of the Department of Health (DoH) through the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD), the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department f Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) to formulate ways on how to properly dispose of the banned articles.
Earlier in the week, 23 milk brands including 22 from a list sent by the Philippine Embassy in Beijing, were banned by the DoH for testing positive of the industrial chemical melamine, which when included as an ingredient in food production, may cause adverse effects to the human kidney.
According to Morales, the member agencies will coordinate efforts in formulating proposed laws, rules and regulations relative to controls which will be imposed against the entry of imported consumer products found to be in violation of the provisions of the Consumer Act of the Philippines. …