DUMAGUETE CITY - The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) in Region 7 has recommended for the closure of a poultry dressing plant in the municipality of Sibulan in Negros Oriental for alleged failure to comply with all the government requirements for operation.

The JLT poultry dressing plant owned by Juan Larry Tan was padlocked in 2013 on orders of the court following a family feud but resumed operation last week, allegedly under new management.

The facility in Maslog, Sibulan has resumed operation through another company allegedly without the necessary permits from concerned agencies to include mayor’s and business permits from the local government unit of Sibulan, sanitary permits, and an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office where waste disposal is specified.

JLT started its operations years back with a daily count of 4,000 heads of chickens until it reached the peak of 15,000 heads due to the increase in demand, but because of intra-family squabbles, it was ordered closed by the court.

According to Edgar Salvoro of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Sibulan, concerned parties and agencies in government are called to a meeting by Mayor Jose Pepe Abiera on Thursday, September 14, to discuss the recommendation of NMIS for the closure of the dressing plant.

Invited are provincial veterinarian Jaime Villaluz and the regional directors of NMIS in Region 18 and Region 7.

According to Villaluz, as far as he can remember, two brothers of Larry Tan filed the complaint before the NMIS regional office as soon as Tan allegedly allowed the dressing plant to be rented by another company. (PNA)