Members of Task Force Botagoy of the Bacolod City government confiscated and destroyed 68 kilos of suspected “hot meat” on New Year’s Eve, bringing the amount of seized uncertified meat to 539.2 kilos for 2011, Rex Juplo, OIC-city veterinary officer, said.
Juplo identified the meat vendor as Maximo Libradilla of Capitol Heights, Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City. He said they caught Libradilla on board his tricycle loaded with hot meat in Purok Sabes, Brgy. Villamonte.
Libradilla violated City Ordinance No. 459 that disallows the distribution and sale of meat not butchered and processed at the new slaughterhouse, Juplo said.
He said proper label and branding is necessary especially when it comes to meat products.
The city has its new slaughterhouse in Brgy. Handumanan and all animals for slaughtering have to be brought here to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the meat, he added.
They have not charged all violators on their offenses but have reminded them not to repeat the violation to avoid penalties, he said.
Juplo added that customers must not buy or sell “hot meat” as it is harmful to health.
The seized meats were destroyed by pouring creoline solution on it and burying it at the slaughterhouse compound, Juplo also said.*LTG