The Task Force Botagoy of the Bacolod City government has destroyed 219.60 kilos of suspected hot meat confiscated its members from 10 meat vendors since January to June 2011, Rex Juplo, acting city veterinary officer, said yesterday.
Juplo said they have conducted surveillance operations and these led to the confiscation of meat without proper label and branding and these were destroyed by pouring gasoline on them at the city’s new slaughterhouse.
He said they have been campaigning against selling and buying “hot meat” because it is dangerous for the health and can cause food poisoning.
Meat vendors must not take advantage of consumers because they are not only putting their business at risk, but also the health of the buyers and their families, Juplo added.
He said uncertified meat may contain harmful zoonotic diseases that passed from animals to humans.
Juplo has asked all meat vendors to cooperate and comply with the requirements to sell inspected and certified meat.
They also recorded 1,156 registered meat vendors all over Bacolod City. Libertad Market has the most number of vendors with 222 clients, followed by Bgry. Handumanan with 185, and Burgos Market with 183 vendors, he said.
Meanwhile, the Bacolod City slaughterhouse has butchered 4,611,350.50 kilograms of meat from pigs, carabaos, cattle, horses, goats, and sheep that translates to 57,290 heads in the same period.*LTG