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Philippines temporarily bans China poultry shipments

Just recently after an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Heibei province, the Philippine Department of Agriculture temporarily bans import of China poultry products. This is to prevent from possible infection or transmission of the said virus to the country.

China Poultry Products

The poultry products from China which are temporarily banned are meat, day-old chicks, banned eggs and semen. The department has not announced until when this banning of products be, but will surely update the public.

For the minimum time, we need to cooperate with the Department of Agriculture for our own safe.

Start of Panic Buying

Christmas and Holiday season is just around the corner and just yesterday, many think that it’s the time to start panic buying not just for Christmas presents but also food ingredients to be offered during the Christmas and the New Year’s eve.

Start of Panic Buying

While doing my grocery, I’d been seeing shoppers bagging those on sale music instruments which I first saw online, the one looking like the martin retro at musicians friend, drums, and other instruments. I also thought of grabbing that said discounted instruments and tried looking for piano. But I still turned out shopping for food stuff instead.

As the Christmas eve is getting near, it is expected that shopping malls will be getting more and more crowded.

10 Fishes to Avoid

Here are the 10 fishes we should avoid from eating according to Yahoo Health.

1. Catfishes. Imported catfishes are believed to contain antibiotics that are banned from the United States.

CatfishCatfish (image from kimthompsonartist.com)

2. Farmed Eel. These farmed eels are believed to have high mercury and PCB contents.

EelEel (image from europa.eu)

3. King Mackerel. These fishes also contain high levels of mercury.

King MackerelKing Mackerel (image from alltackle.com)

4. Orange Roughy. These kind of fishes also contain high levels of mercury.

Orange RoughyOrange Roughy (image from tamu.edu)

5. Chilean Sea Bass. These fishes also contain mercury.

Chilean Sea BassChilean Sea Bass (image from nytimes.com)

6. Shark. Shark meat are believed to have high mercury contents.

SharkShark (image from wikimedia.org)

7. Imported Shrimp. Imported ones are believed to have high antibiotics and chemical residues.

Imported ShrimpImported Shrimp (image from kcrw.com)

8. Swordfish. These fishes also contain mercury.

SwordfishSwordfish (image from kingsailfishmounts.com)

9. Tilefish. These fishes also contain mercury.

TilefishTilefish (image from fooduniversity.com)

10. Bluefin Tuna. These fishes also contain mercury.

Bluefin TunaBluefin Tuna (image from europacifictuna.com)

15 Food Products from Taiwan banned in the Philippines

The country has banned 15 food products from Taiwan which are found to be contaminated with maleic acid.

Banned

The following are the banned food products:

  1. Hong Tapioca Starch
  2. Redman Black Tapioca Pearl
  3. Sun Right Indica Rice Powder
  4. Top 1 Tapioca Pearls
  5. Tea World Tapioca Starch Ball
  6. Unbranded Starch Ball
  7. Ding Long Tapioca Pearls
  8. Sun Chi Noodles
  9. T & M Resources Corp. Tapioca Pearls
  10. Pure Tea Tapioca Pearls (White)
  11. Pure Tea Tapioca Pearls (Black)
  12. Full Free Green Tea Tapioca Ball
  13. Full Free Yam Tapioca Ball
  14. Long Kow Vegetarian Instant Rice Noodle
  15. Long Kow Rice Noodle with Thick Soup

Maleic acids are not approved additive to food products since these can cause renal problems especially when accumulated in the human body after consumption.

So guys, please be aware of these food products above.