BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) reminded consumers to be mindful when buying meat products for the holidays.
Dr. Renante Decena, provincial veterinarian, said the government continues to advocate the purchase of wholesome and safe meat as demand increases during the period.
Even though illegal slaughtering is not rampant in Negros Occidental, Decena said the PVO is not dismissing the possibility of unsafe meat’s entry in markets.
Decena urged the public to remain vigilant against “hot meat” and “double dead meat.”
“Hot meat” are carcasses of animals slaughtered outside an accredited facility while “double dead meat” are dead animals slaughtered and sold in markets.
Both are considered illegal meats and pose health risks to the buying public.
Aside from the National Meat Inspection Service markings, consumers can make sure the products they buy are of good quality and safe for consumption through the appearance and smell.
According to the PVO, fresh meats are brownish and pinkish thus, consumers should not buy dark red and bluish-colored meats, whether chicken, pork or beef, especially those with foul odor.
Decena noted that not all local government units in the province have accredited slaughterhouses. (With PNA/PN)