Vendors arrested for selling “exposed” frozen meat
THREE meat vendors in the Asingan Public Market were arrested by authorities on Tuesday, May 09 for selling 67 kilograms of imported ‘hot meat’.
Dr. Isagani Julius Rodrigo, Enforcement Team Leader of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), said the same vendors were warned in the past to stop selling mishandled frozen meats, but did not heed the warnings.
The meat vendors in Asingan violated the DA Administrative Order No. 6, or Hygienic handling of imported and frozen products.
Rodrigo said frozen meat should be placed inside freezers lest they get contaminated with microbes, that could result in food poisoning of household members.
“Kadalasan sa mga hinuhuli natin ay nag-violate doon, yung iba ay iniiwan nilang nakatiwangwang sa mesa yung mga frozen meat na binebenta. Hindi pwede yon”, Rodrigo added.
One vendor argued that it’s the customers who insist on touching the frozen meat products, prompting the vendors to expose the frozen product.
Rodrigo urged consumers to closely inspect the quality of meat and urged the public to report mishandled frozen meat to the NMIS with office in Urdaneta City. (Ahikam Pasion)
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