August 5, 2010 | According to Xinhua News, the Philippines has lifted a seven-year ban on meat and bone meal (MBM) and other processed animal protein from Canada after ascertaining that risk of importing the products is already minimal, the country’s Agriculture Department said Thursday.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala issued a Memorandum Order (MO) authorizing the re-entry of MBM and other processed animal protein from Canada.
The Philippine government cited the efforts of the Canadian government to implement internal control measures to ensure that MBM and other processed animal protein are free from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease.
The Philippines considers Canada as a major source of pork products as well as beef products. Canada was the number one source of pork products for the Philippines in 2008.