Dr. Sheila Ann Billena, plant manager of Sagay City Abattoir, and Dr. Benzon Jadoc, veterinarian for District II, during a previous inspection of the local government-run slaughterhouse in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. (File photo from PVO-Negros Occidental)
BACOLOD CITY -- Local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental are seeking to upgrade their slaughterhouse facilities to meet the Double A (“AA”) classification required by the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS).
These facilities, considered as locally registered meat establishments (LRMEs), are located in 11 cities and nine municipalities and classified under the “A” category since these have not yet acquired NMIS accreditation.
This was reported by the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) as of Tuesday as its Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division headed by Dr. Ryan Janoya continues to monitor the operations of various slaughterhouses in the province.
Currently, Negros Occidental has three slaughterhouses with “AA” accreditation, including the Sagay Abattoir and Meat Processing Plant in Sagay City, Bacolod City Slaughterhouse, and Victorias Foods Corp. in Victorias City.
Janoya said based on their monitoring this month, the Sagay abattoir has boosted its income during the last quarter of 2018. “This is attributed to the expanded operation of the facility starting last September,” he said.
Janoya said the slaughterhouse in Sagay is now catering to more local commercial hog raisers, and making meat products available to areas outside the province like Cebu City.
The abattoir located in northern Negros, which can slaughter 50 to 100 heads per hour, has a cold storage capacity of 50 to 100 tons of pork carcass, poultry, and other meat products.
In the last quarter of last year, the Sagay facility started to market meat products instead of live animals, especially pork.
The provincial government has been promoting the marketing of frozen pork carcass given that it is more beneficial compared to selling live animals.
The selling of pork carcass eliminates loss weight, injuries and mortalities among animals during shipment affecting meat quality, the PVO said.
Slaughterhouses with “AA” classification are those facilities and operational procedures sufficiently adequate that the livestock and fowls slaughtered are suitable for sale in any market, within the country. (PNA)