The Task Force Botagoy of the Bacolod City government seized more than 90 kilos of pork without proper branding and inspection certificates from the city abattoir from a vendor selling in front of the Sugarland Hotel and the Sugar Regulatory Administration building yesterday.
City Veterinary officer-in-charge Rex Juplo said the meat was confiscated around 3:15 p.m. from the red multicab of Primo Sescia, who also has a stall in Tangub Market.
No charges were filed against Sescia but he was warned not to sell “hot meat” again as it is illegal and unsafe for consumers, Juplo said.
He said they will continue to monitor and safeguard the public from uncertified meat.
Consumers are also reminded to ask for the certificate or look for the blue stamp on meat they intend to buy to make sure that the city abattoir has inspected it, Juplo added.
The Task force apprehending officers were Senior Police Officer 1 Willie Perez, PO2 Julius Dacles, P02 Jet Homero Pirote, and retired SPO2 Jerry Sayson, Juplo said.
Meanwhile, the task force has confiscated more than 130 kilos of “hot meat” since January. All seized meats were disposed of by pouring creoline solution and burying them.*LTG