THE city councilor in Bacolod asked the City Health Office, National Meat Inspection Services, and City Veterinary Office to strictly implement the regular meat inspection of meat products sold at different public markets in the city.
City Councilor Bartolome Orola said the meat products should be inspected to prevent entry of adulterated products and to educate and spread awareness to the public.
Orola said the recent reported sightings of spoiled, discolored and adulterated meat products unfit for human consumption were being peddled in public markets thereby endangering the health and safety of innocent and less wary consumers.
“Quality and safety of meat products should be given an utmost priority, as they could be a possible source of meat-borne infection and diseases that may be transmittable to man, thus regular meat inspection is necessary in order to apprehend the unscrupulous acts perpetrated by these scheming individuals," Orola added.
Section 2 of Republic Act 9296 or the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines states that it is the policy of the state to promulgate specific policies and procedures governing the flow of food animals, meat and meat products through the various stages of marketing and the proper preservation and inspection of such products.
Orola said there is a need to spread awareness and to provide information/education to the consuming public about identification of adulterates meat and meat products and the proper handling and disposal of the same. (MAP)