Chicken dinners go to waste

Scrap that Vietnamese Ginger Chicken off the menu.

A passenger from Hanoi, Vietnam yielded 16 kilos of processed chicken meat without the requisite documentations upon arrival at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Bureau of Customs reported Tuesday.

BoC-NAIA said the duty customs examiner opted for a physical examination of the traveler’s baggage after seeing it had been marked with an “X” from the port of exit.

The chicken meat were found to be without an import sanitary permit and so were confiscated and turned over to the Bureau of Animal Industry for proper disposal. The Vietnamese was assessed a notice of violation by BoC-NAIA.

BoC-NAIA district collector Carmelita Talusan said that all meat and meat products must have the necessary permits and clearances before they can be brought into the country.

Customs Memorandum Circular 110-2022 lists the agricultural products banned for importation by the Department of Agriculture.

From January to July 2022, BoC-NAIA has already confiscated 1,176.2 Kilos of meat products from inbound passengers, Talusan said.

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