News 202 views last update:6 Aug 2012

Philippine fraud with milk products

Authorities in Manila claimed that they prevented an attempt to convert smuggled animal feeds into milk "fit for human consumption" when they seized a shipment stored in a number of Bulacan (Luzon) warehouses.

Undersecretary Antonio Villar Jr, head of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG), said the confiscated animal feeds, worth about P5 million (€80,000), came from New Zealand and were meant to be used as an ingredient for making animal feeds.

However, PASG operatives discovered over the weekend the shipment inside a warehouse, where workers repacked the items to be "converted" into milk.

A radio report said that the workers would then stick labels indicating that they are milk products safe for human consumption, with the words "essential for growing children, women, and elderly."

The expiration date indicated in the milk products had also been altered to make them appear consumable for the next two years.

Aside from the animal feed ingredients, five other warehouses in the complex yielded other smuggled goods like garments, threads, furniture, and even veterinary medicines, worth about P50 million (€8 million).

The owners of all the six warehouses failed to present valid import documents. Authorities yet hhave to check with the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) if the animal feed contained melamine.

Last week, the PASG also intercepted a shipment of milk products imported from Ukraine that was supposed to be repacked.

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