Matutum Meat seeks full government accreditation

PHILIPPINES - One of the pork meat processing firms tapped to pioneer the country's foray into the export market has not been given permanent accreditation by the government because it lacked requirements, a top meat inspection official said Friday.
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Jose Ariel Billones, director of the National Meat Inspection Service-Central Mindanao, noted that what Matutum Meat Packing Corporation has until now is a conditional "AAA" accreditation.

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"The temporary accreditation is set to expire this November. The firm will only be granted permanent accreditation until it submits the necessary requirements," he said in a telephone interview.

Among the requirements for a permanent accreditation, but which is still subject for a yearly renewal, is the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system clearance and establishment of a mini laboratory, Billones said.

But he revealed that Matutum Meat, which is based in Polomolok town, is now in the process of compliance so the firm's operations will not go unhampered once the temporary accreditation expires in November.

Source: SunStar
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