By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio
Calbayog City, Samar – At least 800 kilograms of undocumented and abandoned local sausages (chorizo) were confiscated through a joint counteraction operation by the city veterinary office, CIDG 8, Philippine Coastguard and PNP at Calbayog City Port on Tuesday morning.
The joint posse headed by Dr. Gerard De Guzman, Asst. City Veterinarian intercepted at least three consignees loading apple boxes filled with chorizo on different conveyance bound for Catarman and Catbalogan City, Samar, as well as San Jose, Northern Samar.
One of the consignees, Elden Eldoloverio who was caught loading 10 boxes or 550 kilograms of chorizo was not able to present his documents when asked for their shipping permits and license to operate, which prompted the team to confiscate the meat products.
He explained that he has been buying chorizo and other meat products from Talisay City, Cebu for three years already, but only forgot his bring his permit now.
He later presented an expired one dated April 20, 2017.
However, Dr. De Guzman stressed that the permits should always be with the shipment, and is only good for 3-10 days.
Also, even if he was able to present his shipping documents, they have cited a violation on the proper handling of the meat products since they are uncooked and must be chilled or frozen.
The remaining nine boxes were tagged as abandoned because they were not claimed by their respective consignees who merely sent representatives, but were not also able to provide the necessary documents asked by the city veterinary office.
All of the meat products were shipped by one Rona Dunguines through MV Filipinas Iloilo from Cebu Port.