THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it restored the validity period of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) clearances for imported meat to 60 days, after the period had been temporarily extended to 90 days.

In an administrative order, the DA said the temporary extension was resorted to in light of the supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic, though it now sees logistics to be normalizing.

“The current global COVID situation has subsided in many parts of the world, resulting in an easing of the supply chain and logistical restrictions,” according to the order.

The Bureau of Animal Industry issues SPS import clearances for animals, animal feed and feed ingredients, and animal products and by-products including meat and meat products. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson