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NMIS heightens campaign against unsafe meat this holiday season 

In a bid to avert the presence of unsafe and improperly handled meat during the holiday season, National Meat Inspection Service relaunched its annual project called Oplan Pasko na Naman. The project, which started on the first day of December and will last throughout the month, calls for a more visible presence and increase monitoring activities in meat markets by NMIS Task Force Bantay Karne and its counterpart in the local government. The task force members will conduct monitoring and surveillance in meat markets to discourage meat traders and vendors from taking advantage of the Christmas rush to gain profit or to deceive unsuspecting consumers into buying unsafe meat. The Oplan will be augmented by a widespread information campaign about the importance of safe meat handling for fresh, chilled and frozen meat. Meat vendors and handlers will be encouraged to follow the regulations on meat safety as well as be made aware of the corresponding penalty should they commit violations.

“It is much better to invest in preventive measures than outright resoring to punitive actions,” NMIS Executive Director Minda S. Manantan said. “The NMIS believes that improving the safety measures at the retail area helps in reducing food-borne diseases caused by improper handling of food including meat, “she added. “If there’s one area in the chain where food safety is weak, then, the whole food safety system is compromised,” Manantan further added.

The NMIS has deployed 127 personnel to augment the LGUs in monitoring meat markets all over the country. Violators will be issued warnings and given chance to comply with the regulations within a certain period of time.

The Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines stipulates that the NMIS is the sole national controlling authority on all matters pertaining to meat and meat product inspection and meat hygiene while the LGUs are the main implementers of the regulations meant to protect the meat consuming public.

“With the implementation of the Oplan, the consumers are assured that the meat that they will serve on their tables this Christmas season will be safe.” Manantan concluded. Roberta L. Riguer