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Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has signed two new Orders prescribing the rules and regulations on hygienic handling of newly slaughtered, chilled, frozen and thawed meat that are sold in meat markets.

DA Administrative Order No. 5 stipulates the hygienic handling of newly slaughtered meat while A. O. No. 6 deals with the hygienic handling of chilled, frozen and thawed meat.

The newly signed orders were published in Philippine Daily Inquirer on March 18, 2012; therefore, these will take effect on April 2, 2012 after the 15-day mandatory publication period.

The Orders were issued to ensure that meat will be hygienically handled throughout the entire distribution and sale chains in order to prevent contamination that may cause food-borne illness.