MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City government meat inspectors on Thursday (November 21), seized about 263.3 kilograms of pork ribs suspected to be double dead or “botcha” during a routine inspection at New Antipolo Market in Blumentritt.
More than 260 kilograms of suspected double dead pork meat was seized by the Manila City Government meat inspectors and the National Meat Inspection Service at past 3 in the morning at the New Antipolo Market on Blumentritt, Manila.
Dr. Nick Santos, Chief of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB), said the confiscated pork ribs are already emitting “foul odor and discoloration.”
The official added that the meat was also “improperly handled and stored.”
He further said that this was a clear violation of Republic Act No. 10611 or the Food Safety Act as well as the Republic Act No. 10536 or the “Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.”
The seizure of suspected “botcha” was carried out by the Manila VIB in collaboration with the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) Enforcement Team.
“The VIB Enforcement Squad Team is intensifying its campaign against unscrupulous individuals who will take advantage of the Christmas Season for their illegal activities, victimizing the consuming public, particularly our Manileños,” Santos said. /mbmf
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