About 2,589.88 kilos of expired pork and chicken meat kept in a cold storage in Purok Kalong-Kalong, Barangay Singcang Airport, Bacolod City were voluntarily surrendered by its distributor to elements of Task Force Botagoy and Police Station 8 yesterday.
A total of 166 cases or boxes containing the expired food products were brought out of the Orient Cold Storage Inc., in the presence of Meat Inspector II Rodolfo Orbita Jr. from the National Meat Inspection Service.
These included 50 cases of pork riblets weighing 500 kilos, eight cases of pork neck trimmings – 80 kilos, 12 cases of pork hock GPS – 240 kilos, 21 cases of pork liver dawn – 525 kilos, 20 cases of pork head meat – 419.88 kilos, and 55 cases of chicken leg quarter – 825 kilos.
Some boxes, labeled “frozen pork riblets”, indicated that its production date was May 30, 2018 and expiry date was August 29, 2019, while the production date of other boxes indicated July 13, 2018 and expiry date was Oct. 11, 2019.
Another box containing chicken legs indicated that its production date was Oct. 8, 2018 and its expiry date was Oct. 8, 2019.
The incident was reported to the police, in behalf of the City Veterinary Office, headed by Dr. Maria Agueda De la Torre, executive assistant Ernie Pineda, meat inspector Rodolfo Orbita Jr., and Task Force Botagoy head Eduard Martin Pinaga.
Agueda said these expired meat and chicken products should be disposed of properly because these may already have bacteria. These did not come from countries affected with African swine fever, she added.*
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