TORONTO, Canada (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – Some 50 container vans of balut, the Filipino delicacy of boiled duck embryo, has been found rotting in an undisclosed port in Canada.
The shipment was imported by a local company for distribution in Filipino and Asian groceries and supermarkets throughout Canada. Balut is extremely popular among Filipinos and other Asians in Canada.
The Adobo Chronicles learned that the shipment was abandoned by the importer after hearing of the news that bird flu has been confirmed in the Philippines, particularly in the province of Pampanga, south of the capital, Manila.
The Canadian government is at a loss on what to do with the rotting eggs.
Could it be karma for Canada for the 2013 shipment of toxic trash exported to the Philippines, shipped as “heterogeneous plastic scrap materials” which was subsequently found to be non-recyclable plastics, used adult diapers, broken bottles and glasses, waste paper, household/kitchen waste, etc. ?
The Canadian government has asked the Philippines to take back the shipment, but Malacañang, the presidential palace, said “why would we do that when Canada refused to take back its trash from 2013?”
Despite the very friendly relationship between the Philippines and Canada, once in a while, the two countries have to deal with issues that stink.