Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso has created a special task force to strictly monitor all private and public markets as part of the city government’s drive against “botcha” or hot meat.
The Manila chief executive directed the city’s Veterinary Inspection Board to conduct intensified routine and strike operations in Manila markets.
Domagoso’s move was prompted by reports of rising incidents of butchered backyard-raised hogs after being allegedly affected by a still unknown virus that killed hundreds of pigs in the Central Luzon.
He also directed the VIB to check and verify establishments engaged in food trade to ensure that their products have undergone proper inspection and quality control procedures.
“You are further directed to effect the seizure, confiscation, examination, disposition and disposal of merchandise found to be illegal, and recommend the filing of appropriate cases for prosecution before the proper court in the City of Manila,” Domagoso said.
Domagoso said the local government should be able to “sustain a continuing drive” against the illegal sale, manufacturing, processing and distribution of meat products in Manila.
He warned that buying double dead meat poses health hazards as these could cause serious ailments or even death in some cases.
Domagoso also raised the concern as the public, particularly the poor, are enticed to buy these meat products which are being sold at lower prices in the market.