CAVITE CITY, Cavite -- The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) has seized some 1.8 tons or 1,681 kg. of mishandled and undocumented meat products during its two-day inspection at the city's public market this month.
Meat Inspector III George Garcia and Dr. Anna Teresa Baleda of the City Veterinarian Office, together with the Cavite City police and the Bantay Karne Task Force, seized on Thursday some 16 kg. of mishandled pork and chicken meats from dealers at the meat section of the city public market in Barangay 27, Caridad district.
The NMIS, an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA), said the dealers were not following the department’s directive on the proper handling of chilled, frozen, and thawed meat.
It said it will summon the meat vendors to appear before the NMIS office to determine the source of the mishandled meat.
Last Nov. 10, the NMIS also confiscated 1,665 kg. of meat -- 770 kg. of pork, 845 kg. of chicken, and 50 kg. of beef -- for lack of NMIS inspection seal.
The dealers of the seized meat products violated Agriculture Administrative Order No. 06, series of 2012, or the Rules and Regulation on Hygienic Handling of Chilled, Frozen and Thawed Meat in Meat Markets and DA Circular No. 12, series of 2015.
The confiscated meats will be turned over to the City Veterinary Office for proper disposition.
"This is being done by our office to legalize them and to keep our commodities in order for our consuming public," Baleda said. (Abrina/PNA)
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