Twenty-seven kilos of imported hot meat were seized in a routine inspection yesterday of Task Force Botagoy, at the Burgos public market in Bacolod City.
Edward Martin Pinaga, Task Force Botagoy head, said 23.49 kilos of imported pork from George Store, and 3.3 kilos of imported pork from 3RRR Frozen Foods were found to be “contaminated”.
During their inspection, they saw that the displayed meat was already thawed, “it has had become soft and vulnerable to virus and bacteria and no longer safe for human consumption,” Pinaga said.
He said that two weeks ago, the task force warned the stores about improper meat handling, but they did not follow the right procedures. He added that imported meat should be stored in a freezer with temperature below zero Celsius.
He said the task force continues to intensify its campaign to make the city free from African swine fever, which is now present in two provinces in Luzon.
Pinaga said some stores in the public market also closed their shops following the seizure of pork products from the two establishments.
Moreover, he said, they brought the “hot meat” to the AVM Bernardo Slaughterhouse, operator of the city government-owned abattoir, for proper disposal.
“We poured gas on the pork, then buried it in the ground,” he added.
Meanwhile, he said they had the incident recorded at Police Station 4, and gave the store owners a certificate of condemnation.*
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