Talisay meat inspectors ‘threatened, intimidated’ by some vendors

THE Talisay City Veterinarian’s Office asked the local police to assist them in their operations against the selling of “hot meat” after members of the Meat Task Force were reportedly threatened by some vendors.

Dr. Santiago Hortel, city veterinarian, told reporters that during task force operations at the Tabunok Public Market, some vendors attempted to intimidate or threaten them by sharpening the knives in front of the task force members.

Hortel said that such attempts to intimidate or threaten the members cannot be prevented.

Last Friday, the task force confiscated 65 kilos of hot meat from one of the vendors.

The city veterinarian identified the alleged owner of the hot meat as Helen Abella. Hortel said Abella was fined for selling the hot meat.

Hortel said that despite their intensified campaign against selling of hot meat, some vendors still chose to ignore the campaign.

To address the matter, the Talisay City Council approved a resolution requesting the city police to deploy one personnel to assist the task force in conducting operations.

In his resolution, Councilor Manuel Cabriana, who chairs the committee on market and slaughterhouse operations, urged the local police to act on the matter after hearing reports that members of the task force were reportedly threatened and intimidated by some vendors.

“In response to these and with reasonable action, it is important that they shall be given full protection by law enforcement agencies,” said Cabriana.

Vendors caught selling “hot meat” can be charged for violation of Republic Act 10536, or The Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.

According to the law, violators jailed for 6-12 years and may be made to pay up to P1 million, depending on the discretion of the court.

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