BACOLOD City – Authorities here seized 63 kilos of “hot meat” in separate operations in Barangay Banago.
Task Force Botagoy head Edward Martin Pinaga said they seized 28 kilograms of meat being sold on the road side in Purok Tinagong Paraiso, while another 35 kilograms were confiscated in nearby Purok Riverside on Monday.
“Hot meat” means carcass or parts of a carcass of food animals that were slaughtered by unaccredited meat establishments. This raises the possibility that the meat being sold may potentially be unsafe or spoiled.
“We immediately conducted routine inspections after receiving complaints from residents,” Pinaga said.
The confiscated meat, according to Pinaga, was found to be illegally slaughtered.
“These erring vendors blamed the distance of the slaughterhouse from Barangay Banago and also claimed they did not know that it was required for all hogs planned for slaughter to be processed at the accredited slaughterhouse,” he said.
Pinaga, however, said they did not impose penalties from the violators aside from confiscating their products since it was their first offense.
The seized meat products were immediately brought to Barangay Handumanan and buried.
Earlier, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued an executive order creating Task Force African Swine Fever to ensure the city’s protection against the highly contagious animal disease.
The task force is one of the members of the swine fever task force with a primary function of conducting meat inspections./PN