The Philippine Association of Feed Millers expressed concern over the control of veterinary medicine and related products in the Philippines.
PAFMI said in a statement Tuesday the impasse between the Departments of Agriculture and the Department of of Health may hamper the response of the government and private sector to the Asian Swine Flu and Avian Influenza virus that continue to infect the country’s hog and poultry population.
It said keeping the status quo by extending the validity of an earlier order allowing the Bureau of Animal Industry to “register veterinary drugs and products.. and license the establishments manufacturing, distributing, exporting and selling the same” was the most expeditious way of resolving the deadlock.
The order expired in 2018, prompting DA Secretary William Dar to stop the BAI from performing the job.
PAFMI is the biggest association of feed millers in country with 33 member companies, including San Miguel Corp., Universal Robina Corp., Pilmico Foods, La Filipina Uygongco Corp. and General Milling Corp. PAFMI members produce 70 percent of the country’s total animal feeds production.