Airport BoC monitors frozen food products from Japan


Officials of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport are closely monitoring the entry of various frozen foods, where 6.4 million packages have been recalled in Japan.

The frozen products that include croquettes, pizza, and pancakes were manufactured at a company in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

The frozen foods were earlier reported that may have been tainted with malathion pesticide.

According to Edgar Macabeo, Customs-NAIA officer in charge, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has earlier asked the BoC to block the entry of frozen products where 556 people have been reported falling sick after eating such food products in Japan.

It sought the help of the bureau as some traders might import such food products to the Philippines.

In his recent advisory, FDA acting director general Kenneth Hartigan Go said that there is no FDA-licensed distributor importing the products and the products themselves are also not registered with the FDA.

Go also asked all local government agencies, supermarkets and groceries to help in disseminating the advisory.

Airport Customs officials are closely monitoring incoming passengers on board Japan Airlines flights JL 741 and JL 745 as well as the passengers aboard Philippine Airlines PR 431 and PR 417 that may bring banned food products from Japan. BENJIE VERGARA


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