175 ki­los of ‘hot meat’ seized

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

ABOUT 175 kilo­grams of “hot meat” were seized in a joint op­er­a­tion by op­er­a­tives of Task Force Bo­tagoy and the Na­tional Meat In­spec­tion Ser­vice (NMIS) at Purok Ac­tive, Barangay Man­dala­gan in Ba­colod City Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Ernie Pineda, clus­ter head on mar­kets, said the “hot meat” was con­fis­cated from the stall of Arnold Bin­abon, a res­i­dent of the said barangay.

Pineda said the con­fis­cated meat did not un­dergo in­spec­tion at the city’s AVM Bernardo slaugh­ter­house at Barangay Han­du­manan.

“The ven­dor failed to present in­spec­tion cer­tifi­cates,” he added.

The Task Force Bo­tagoy and NMIS were as­sisted by per­son­nel of Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO) in ar­rest­ing the vi­o­la­tors.

Pineda said the con­fis­cated meat was turned over to the NMIS for its proper dis­po­si­tion.

“We re­ceived com­plaints that sev­eral ven­dors were sell­ing meat with no cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the city’s slaugh­ter­house,” he said.

Pineda urged the con­sumers to check the meat in­spec­tion cer­tifi­cate be­fore buy­ing the prod­uct to en­sure that it is safe for con­sump­tion.

The task force, he said, is nten­si­fy­ing its op­er­a­tion, es­pe­cially among pub­lic mar­kets.

Ven­dors who re­fused to use the ser­vices of the slaugh­ter­house run by the city govern­ment will be ar­rested.*

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