Manila gov’t intercepts 532 kilos of ‘hot meat’ in Divisoria
MANILA, Philippines — The Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB) seized about 532 kilograms of “hot meat” in Divisoria with an estimated amount of P79,800
Dennis Noble, meat inspector from VIB, told INQUIRER.net that the boxes of hot meat were seized around 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday along Elcano street in Divisoria after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen.
“Nung pagpunta namin doon, mine-meat cut na siya, bino-boneless para ibenta yung laman. Tapos yung buto, pwede pang bulalo,” he said in an interview.
“Tapos yung ibang box, ito, naka-ano yan, nakatakip ng tolda. Tapos ayun, nung in-inspection namin, marami,” he added.
According to Noble, there were 28 boxes of hot meat. “Hot meat” means carcass or parts of a carcass of animals that were slaughtered by unaccredited meat establishments.
This raises the possibility that the meat being sold may potentially be unsafe or spoiled.
Noble added that Wednesday’s operation of the VIB against hot meat was the largest in terms of kilogram that the city government confiscated since Moreno assumed office on July 1.
Noble also said that no one was arrested from the said operation.
“Walang lumutang na may ari, mahirap naman na yung worker lang yung kunin kasi syempre nagta-trabaho lang rin,” he said, adding that the VIB even gave the owner of the hot meat a grace period to appear but no one appeared.
Moreno, for his part, warned sellers of hot meat products to stop their illegal trade and to consider the health of the people.
“Basta hindi ininspeksyon ng accredited slaughterhouse, hindi ito safe,” Moreno said.
“Pagkain ito. We cannot just send these to our markets. Kinakain ito ng tao, kaligtasan ang nakataya dito,” he added. “May gobyerno na ang Maynila. Hindi na kami titigil.”
Moreno has ordered the VIB to feed the confiscated hot meat to the animals located at Manila Zoo. /jpv
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