A local businessman is urging the City Veterinary Office to check the presence of adulterated meat in Dumaguete’s wet market.
Roy Cang said he raised the concern as a consumer, not as a hotel and restaurant owner, to protect the meat industry that he considers a thriving industry in Dumaguete.
The businessman himself discovered that regular meat is being mixed with that of boars, locally known as “butatal,” which is prohibited under existing laws because of the foul odor especially when it is cooked. Technically, the meat is not defective or poisonous, but it affects the wholesomeness of the food, the businessman pointed out.
Cang wants strict enforcement of the provisions of the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines, including its penal provisions, in requesting the authorities to strengthen its monitoring of adulterated meat in the markets.
City veterinarian, Dr. Lourdes Socorro, said the city’s modern slaughterhouse does not allow the slaughtering of boars.
Socorro also said outright condemnation is mandated under existing laws if the animals show signs of diseases.
The city government only has eight meat inspectors to monitor the public market including the 14 meatshops all over the city. Charles Tubog assured the meat-eating public that meat coming out of the slaughterhouse is safe and has passed through rigid inspection before the issuance of meat inspection certificates.
Socorro said she is discouraging market goers from buying frozen meat at the wet market because it is supposed to sell only fresh meat or fish. She further advised consumers not to buy meat in the afternoon or in the evening, and to demand for a meat inspection certificate for lechon ordered anywhere in the city.*JG
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