MANILA - Close to 500 kilos of imported meat from Brazil has tested positive for salmonella, a bacteria that causes food poisoning, the Department of Agriculture said Monday.
The 498 kilos of infected produce was part of 162,000 kilos of beef and 336,000 kilos of mechanically de-boned meat that was bought from the South American country from May 10 to June 20, the DA's Bureau of Animal Industry said.
The DA said it stopped the issuance of permits to the 8 companies that imported the infected meat.
Last June, the US imposed a ban on fresh beef from Brazil after shipments allegedly failed sanitary inspections.
Brazil, the world's largest beef exporter, is conducting an investigation into the vaccines used against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), which were linked to abscesses on carcasses. -- With Reuters; Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News