The Trade of Unsafe Hot Meat / Botcha Continues

The sale of hot meat / botcha is illegal under Philippine law. Hot meat is derived from dead animal due to disease. Meat of this type have dark spots of blood when cooked because blood failed to drip out. Meat also has dark hide and the hairs of the skin remains stuck to the fat even if it is dipped in boiling water.

Transport and consumption of botcha is hazardous. It may spread diseases to other animals and may transfer such disease to human.

Animal raisers continue to sell hot meat in attempt to recover lost inputs. On other side, consumers keep on buying illegal meat because they are cheaper than legally slaughtered meat.

According to Republic Act No. 9296 – “AN ACT STRENGTHENING THE MEAT INSPECTION SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY, ORDAINING FOR THIS PURPOSE A “MEAT INSPECTION CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES” AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”

Section 31.Absence of Ante-Mortem Inspection. – The inspectors shall seize, confiscate, condemn or dispose of carcasses or parts thereof of food animals that is sold, transported, distributed, offered or received for distribution in commerce that has not passed through ante-mortem inspection. Carcasses or parts thereof are considered “hot meat” and if found to be fit for human use during examination shall be disposed of as provided in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of this Act.

Distribution of hot meat is also prohibited under Republic Act No. 7394 or The Consumer Act of the Philippines.

ARTICLE 10. Injurious, Dangerous and Unsafe Products – Whenever the departments find, by their own initiative or by petition of a consumer, that a consumer product is found to be injurious, unsafe and dangerous, it shall, after due notice and hearing , make the appropriate order for its recall, prohibition or seizure from public sale or distribution: Provided, That, in the sound discretion of the department it may declare a consumer product to be imminently injurious, unsafe or dangerous, and order its immediate recall, ban or seizure from public sale or distribution, in which case, the seller, distributor, manufacturer or producer thereof shall be afforded a hearing within forty-eight (48) hours from such order.

ARTICLE 18. Prohibited Acts – It shall be unlawful for any person to:
a) manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribute in commerce, or import into the Philippines any consumer product which is not in conformity with an applicable consumer product quality or safety standard promulgated in this Act;
b) manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribute in commerce, or import into the Philippines any consumer product which has been declared as banned consumer product by a rule in this Act;

ARTICLE 19. Penalties –
a) Any person who shall violate any provision of Article 18 shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than One thousand pesos (P1,000.00) but not more than Ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) or imprisonment of not less than two (2) months but not more than one (1) year, or both upon the discretion of the court. other penalties apply for foreign citizen.

I think the penalties are too soft to stop the trade of hot meat.


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