National Meat Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture warned meat vendors to sell only safe meat. The warning is in accordance with 1) the widespread trade of botcha or double dead meat 2) improper handling of frozen imported meat in some Manila marketplace and, 3) processing of double dead meats.
Here is the complete copy of letter for your reference. The letter can also be seen on Department of Agriculture Website.
This is the statement of National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) executive director Jane Bacayo in a meeting today with meat importers and traders at the NMIS conference hall. During the meeting, Bacayo presented a guideline that prescribes the rules in handling of imported meat when sold in wet markets.
“Although imported meat is allowed to be sold in wet markets, vendors should observe the standards pertaining to maintaining its safety and quality. Frozen meat that are not handled properly poses a risk to the health of consumers.” Bacayo further said.
It will be recalled that recently some vendors in Metro Manila and nearby provinces are complaining about the increasing presence of frozen meat in wet markets and are questioning about its safety.
The guideline prescribes that frozen meat when sold in wet markets have to be kept in a controlled environment that prevents it from thawing. The vendors should avoid placing the meat directly in contact with dirty surfaces. It should also retain its original packaging.
Bacayo also warns consumers to look for the Meat and Meat Product Inspection Certificate when buying meat. This document certifies that the meat that they buy was certified to be free from any risks that might be hazardous to one’s health.
The guideline was signed last week by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and will take effect on December 12. # # # (Roberta L. Riguer, NMIS)
Atty. Jane C. Bacayo,
Executive Director, NMIS
Tel Nos.:9247980, 9247971