THE National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) ensures food security and safety of all consumers, as the meat industry overcomes the uncertainties and complexities that are happening around us.

National Meat Inspection Service
OIC-Executive Director Jocelyn
Salvador, DVM, MPM
National Meat Inspection Service OIC-Executive Director Jocelyn Salvador, DVM, MPM
Dr. Jocelyn Salvador, NMIS executive director, leads the 49th year anniversary celebration today, October 18, with a renewed commitment of providing technical assistance to meat establishments and protect the meat consuming public.

Salvador supervises and controls the central office and regional technical operation centers of NMIS and has laid down policies and standards for operation of the agency based on the plans and program of the president and the Department of Agriculture.

"The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is celebrating its 49th anniversary and the 28th Meat Safety Consciousness Week starting from October 18 to 22, 2021. The joint celebration's theme is "Kalusugan ng lahat ay mithiin, karneng ligtas dapat tangkilikin," (Aiming for good health and safe meat for consumers). A webinar on Food Safety is slated on October 19 as well as other activities for the rest of the week.

NMIS has issued Memorandum Circular No. 05-2020-005 which provides guidelines to mitigate and suppress the transmission of Covid-19 in meat establishments.

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"We have improved services through application of information and communication technology.

We fight African swine fever (ASF) amid the pandemic. NMIS reassures the customers that the meat industry is overcoming the challenges of the pandemic," she said.

The production and food supply continue amid the ASF and pandemic. The meat industry is characterized by agility and flexibility.

"Our people became resilient because they are assured that the management is constantly protecting them. The management is concerned with the best interests of its employees," she added.

Opportunities, challenges, achievements

NMIS sees opportunities in the rising demand for meat and increasing number of establishments, as well as advanced technology and international free trade. The threats include human and animal epidemic, pandemic, recession, disasters, non-competitiveness of domestic livestock and poultry farmers, limited agricultural land and climate change.

The NMIS Central Office and all its 16 Regional Technical Operation Centers have been certified to be ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. NMIS has institutionalized the structure, mechanism, and standards to implement the government quality management program". NMIS monitors the compliance on hygiene and sanitation, food safety program, food animal welfare program, ante- and post- mortem inspections, and import and export assistance.

The Philippines was confirmed and included by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare in its list of certified countries that reliably take Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point-based hygiene management on May 26, 2021.

NMIS continues to provide technical assistance to meat establishments and local government units with the same goal of protecting the meat-consuming public from adulterated meat and promoting meat safety and quality in the community. It provided assistance to potential exporters of meat, especially Yakitori (Japan and Korea).

Strengthening and or upgrading of NMIS meat laboratories were among its priorities. NMIS targets a full implementation of automation initiatives for NMIS Services and strengthens the conduct of meat safety advocacy to the consumers, food business operators, and meat consuming public on the importance of proper handling and preparation, storing, processing, preservation of meat and by-products.