The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) in coordination with the Dept. of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries (DVMF conducted a surprise joint inspection at the Carbon Public Market today, which yielded to the confiscation of approximately one metric ton of assorted meat which include dressed chicken and frozen meat products from four stall owners.
DVMF Public Health Division Officer-in-Charge Dr. Jennifer A. Laurente, in an interview with PIO said that DVMF has been conducting regular inspection in all city markets as well as seminars on proper handling and proper attire in selling their products.
However, there are vendors who, despite several warnings, continue selling their meat products with several violations like no proper attire like hair nets & apron, dirty containers, and no ice bed for frozen meat, while others are considered “hot meat” which was found to have no meat inspection certificate or did not go through the proper procedure.
NMIS Region 7 Asst. Regional Director Dr. Bong Manalo said that those who violate Republic Act 10536 also known as “The Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines” will be penalized depending on the gravity of the violation committed.
He assured the public that NMIS & the DVMF will continue to monitor meat vendors in all public markets to ensure that they are giving safe meat to the consumers. (Farlash Acenas & Tito Basilisco/PIO)