• Probe Dadiangas flour smuggling – millers

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    A GROUP of local flour millers on Tuesday requested the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to probe the release of some 3,000 bags of Turkish wheat flour at the Port of Dadiangas without permits.

    In a letter, Philippine Association of Flour Millers (PAFMIL) executive director Ricardo Pinca told BOC Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla that the wheat flour shipment was consigned to an MC Jayson International Trading —the same name as the company suspected of being involved in a recent smuggling of garlic.

    “MC Jayson International imported 3,000 bags of wheat flour from Turkey without a License to Operate (LTO) and a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) from the Food and Drug Administration,” Pinca said in the letter dated June 14.

    Without an LTO, no company can engage in food business in the Philippines. A CPR is also required before any food product can be imported and sold in the country.

    The wheat flour shipment under Customs Entry No. C-1151 arrived on June 23 at the Port of Dadiangas in General Santos City. The flour bags carried the brand “Kalayaan.”

    The importer was listed as MC Jayson International of Unit 209, Cityland Towers, Pablo Ocampo Street, Vito Cruz, Manila.

    Pinca said in a telephone interview his group has asked Customs “to conduct further investigation into this company.”

    Earlier, the BOC confiscated 125 metric tons of smuggled garlic from China at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) worth more than P37 million.

    According to the BOC, the cargo was placed inside five 40-foot refrigerated container vans that arrived in the country without a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Import Clearance from the Department of Agriculture.

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