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NMIS enforcement group confiscates 800kg of meat

Two cattle and one carabao with a combined live weight of 800 kgs were seized and condemned by the NMIS Enforcement group last night in a slaughterhouse in Novaliches, Quezon City. The animals were found to have been “flooded,” an act where water or any liquid is forcibly introduced into the animal to increase its weight or to make it appear heavier before being slaughtered in order to increase their profit or income.

Dr. Rolando Marquez, the NMIS enforcement group head said that although the meat of “flooded” animals do not have a direct effect on health, the meat becomes easily spoiled because of the water that was forcibly introduced to the animal. On the other hand, the consumer is deceived of the worth of the meat bought because the water dissipates when it is cooked rendering the meat in smaller quantity.

The Animal Welfare Act of 1998 prescribes the humane handling in the slaughter of animals for food. Humane handling refers to handling of animals during transport, unloading, lairaging and moving of animals with the least fear, anxiety, pain and distress. And Administrative Order issued by the Department of Agriculture issued in 2006 prohibits the flooding of food animals in animal facilities and slaughterhouses.

Any person or entity who violates the provisions of animal welfare laws for the first time will be issued a Notice of Violation and a fine of Fifty Thousand pesos. Also provided in the law, inhuman treatment of food animals such as mishandling and inflicting of unnecessary pain or distress, before and during slaughter shall be a cause for suspension of operations of the eat establishments and shall be ground for revocation of the license to operate when no corrective actions are instituted by the management of the establishments. Succeeding offenses shall prohibit the violated from conducting business for two years and fine of One Hundred Thousand pesos.

The meat were today disposed through burying at the NMIS compound. Roberta L. Riguer