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NMIS – Region III Confiscated and Condemned Seven Carabaos

In compliance to the directive of National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS)’s Executive Director Dr. Ernesto S. Gonzales to heighten monitoring of the “flooding” of large animals in the country for the protection of the meat consuming public, the Regional Technical Operation Center (RTOC) III Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Team (CMET) headed by Acting Regional Technical Director Dr. Eduardo R. Oblena confiscated and condemned seven carabaos from an erring slaughterhouse in Region III on May 11, 2018. The CMET was supported by NMIS Central Office Enforcement Team headed by Dr. Rolando M. Marquez.

In a report submitted to Director Gonzales, the team explained that during the inspection of the animals before slaughter, they manifested signs of “flooding” as evidenced by unusually dilated eyes, drowsiness, and loss of balance. Some even had profuse urination and watery diarrhea. Such observations indicated that the animals were in great pain and considered as “downers”, which prompted the team to order their emergency slaughter. During emergency slaughter, voluminous amount of water with cud was observed gushing – out of the nostrils and mouth a few moments after sticking and during or after bleeding the animals, which are conclusive proofs that indeed the food animals were “flooded”. Consequently, the seven carabaos were confiscated and condemned for being apparently subjected to “flooding”. The condemned animals were disposed by burying somewhere in Pampanga.

“Flooding” is an illegal act of forcibly introducing a large amount of water to the mouth of food animals so that its meat gains more weight, or becomes heavier, to earn more profit from the meat consuming public. According to Republic Act 10631(Amended Animal Welfare Act), it is prohibited to subject food animals to inhumane treatment such as “flooding”. It is also prohibited and punished by Republic Act No. 7394 (The Consumer Act of the Philippines) for being a deceptive and unfair sales act causing adulteration of meat. Meat of food animals that have been “flooded” is easily to get spoiled and also harmful to meat consumers as it may cause illnesses like diarrhea, food poisoning, and fever when such food animal had been forced to drink a contaminated water.

An outright condemnation of any food animal manifesting during inspection before slaughter any condition, such as being “flooded”, is warranted by Republic Act No. 9296 as amended by Republic Act No. 10536 (Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines as amended) and shall be marked “condemned”, isolated immediately and disposed of under the supervision of an inspector. The Department of Agriculture, by virtue of its Administrative Order No. 15 series of 2006, also prohibits the “flooding” of food animals in animal facilities and abattoir and requires that it be stopped. Shiela B. Endrina – Information Officer II