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NMIS discussed flooding and its violation under food related laws

The National Meat Inspection Service provided information regarding “flooding” in an interview for GMA 24 Oras, August 10, 2018.

Flooding or the illegal act of forced administration of water to cows and carabaos that are about to be slaughtered is considered as a violation of the Amended Animal Welfare Act (Republic Act 10631) since it is an inhumane treatment of animals.

It is considered under the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines as a cruel act and a form of adulteration. It is also punishable under Consumer Act of the Philippines because it is a form of deception to consumers.

During the interview, Dr. Rolando M. Marquez, Head of the Enforcement Unit of NMIS, discussed the causes and effects of flooding to both animals and humans to Ms. Marisol Abdurahman, reporter of GMA, 24 Oras.

According to Dr. Marquez, the effect of “flooding” to humans needs utmost attention because simply consuming the meat that underwent flooding may cause diarrhea since there is a chance that the water used during the process may not be potable or infected by Salmonella.

Moreover, he added that the consumers are being deceived when they buy meat that came from “flooded” animals. This act is unacceptable and perpetrators must be sanctioned and prosecuted.

Dr. Marquez also shared tips to consumers on how they can spot meat that underwent “flooding” like observing if the meat hanged in market are continuously dripping with water and if the surface of the meat is unusually watery.

In the end of the interview, Dr. Marquez sought the support of slaughterhouse owners to help and cooperate in finding the violators. “Kami po sa National Meat Inspection Service ay humihingi ng tulong sa may-ari ng katayan na sana po ay maging responable sila at makipagtulungan po”, he concluded.     Pierre Jordan Escobar