THE City Veterinary Office has intercepted a meat van containing some 128 boxes of hotdog and six bags of assorted spoiled chicken meat weighing 120 kilograms in an animal quarantine checkpoint in Upper Puerto, Cagayan de Oro.
The seized products have an estimated value of P147,840.
The meat van came from Cotabato. The van driver failed to present the necessary documents and has violated the Republic Act 9296 or Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines for mishandling the products.
According to the City Veterinary Office, the items were considered mishandled after the checkpoint personnel found the chicken meat to be spoiled and contaminating the hotdogs which were placed inside the same meat van.
Meat van drivers were advised to maintain the proper chilling temperature of meat products while traveling.
The veterinary office also reminded business owners of their responsibility to accredit their meat vans or any transport vehicles to the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) as required by NMIS rules and regulations.
Meanwhile, the City Veterinary Office has also sealed off some pork-containing products such as Knorr Pork Cubes/Paste and Mang Tomas All-Around Sarsa, during their inspection and monitoring in grocery stores in the city on July 29.
According to the meat inspectors, pork-based products are still prohibited under Executive Order No. 172, which imposes a temporary total ban on the entry of hogs and all pork products coming from Luzon, Davao, and other identified African Swine Fever (ASF)-affected areas in the country and abroad.
Both of the sealed off products contained pork as one of their ingredients.
Store managers and owners were advised to be vigilant and follow the existing guidelines to help prevent the entry of ASF to the city and Northern Mindanao.