SAN AGUSTIN, Pili, Camarines Sur---The Regulatory Division of the Department of Agriculture in Bicol has started to conduct the Seminar on Animal Feeds and Veterinary Drugs and Biologics Quality Control and Safety and Animal Welfare Program in different venues in the Bicol Region this year.

The conduct of this seminar will be on a provincial level which already started on March in the first, second and third Districts of Camarines Sur. The schedule of this seminar for the last two districts of Camarines Sur will be this April 2017. On May, the seminar will be held in Albay; June in Sorsogon; July in Camarines Norte, and Catanduanes; and August in Uson, Masbate.

According to the Chief of the Regulatory Division Renato E. Almonte, this one-day event will update the participants with the revised implementing rules and regulations in the registration of feed establishments and feed products and veterinary drugs outlets.

 

Administrative Officer 5 Prospero T. Peña, Jr. discussed Republic Act 1556 or the Feed Control Law and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. This law will prevent the adulteration of livestock and poultry feeds whether imported or locally compounded, and to assure the purchaser of obtaining quality feeds and feedstuffs that will enable his animals to develop and produce more meat, milk, or eggs.

Peña also presented the Veterinary Drugs and Products and Banned Products. The banned veterinary drugs are Chloramphenicol, Carbadox, Olaquindox, Nitrofurans and Beta-Agonist Drugs.

He stressed that the addition of ground rice hull (ipa) to rice bran (darak) is prohibited because it is detrimental to poultry and swine. Rice hulls have sharp, roughened edges which irritate the digestive tract of the animals.

Claire V. Sales of the Regulatory Division explained Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 as amended by RA 10611. Animal Welfare is the position that animals should be treated humanely which includes provision of proper housing, nutrition, disease prevention & treatment, responsible care, handling & humane euthanasia or slaughter. Animal welfare advocates believe that animals can be used for human purposes but  they should be treated humanely so that discomfort, pain, stress is kept to a minimum. Good animal welfare practices can result to higher profits, food security and improved human health.

She also discussed RA 10611 or the Food Safety Act. This is an act to strengthen the Food Safety Regulatory System to protect consumer health and facilitate market access of local food and food products, and for other purposes.

The Department of Health (DOH) and the DA issued a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2013-0026 on September 24, 2013 to clearly define the rules and regulations, activities and the appropriate office responsible for certain products and activities.

For disinfectants and insecticides, those intended for the environment/surroundings, facilities and equipment of animals and aquaculture are regulated by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). Those for both surroundings/environment, facilities and equipment of animals and aquaculture, and the animal itself are covered by the Center for Drug Regulation and Research-Food and Drug Administration (CDRR-FDA). (jaysonmgonzales with photos by Jun Adversario)