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NMIS monitors alleged selling of uninspected horsemeat in Batangas

Upon the directive of Atty. Beata Obsioma, NMIS OIC-Executive Director, the National Meat Inspection Service- together with Local Government Unit of Batangas conducted an initial investigation and verification on the alleged selling of uninspected horsemeat in Taal and surrounding areas last January 24 and January 27.

 

 

The areas affected by the Taal Eruption such as the towns of Taal, Agoncillo, Lemery, Talisay, Laurel, San Nicholas, Balete, and Alitagtag were on a locked down status since January 13, 2020 so no residents were allowed to enter on those areas.

Markets in those towns are closed too, so there are no reported slaughtering operations in their locally registered slaughterhouses.

The investigation also revealed that there was a reported occasional slaughtering of horses in Sto. Tomas Slaughterhouse but they had undergone routine inspection by LGU. On the other hand, there is no report of slaughtering on other accredited slaughterhouses and locally registered meat establishments.

NMIS RTOC IV-A continues to coordinate with Provincial Veterinary of Batangas on checking and monitoring of alleged selling of horsemeat through post-abattoir inspection and enforcement activities on areas affected by the eruption.

The post-abattoir inspection was initiated by Dr. Fernando Lontoc, Regional Technical Director of RTOC IV-A and was conducted by RTOC IV-A Enforcement Team headed by Dr. Nilo Loberiano.

Horse, cattle, carabao, buffalo, sheep, goat, deer, rabbit, ostrich together with hogs and poultry are considered food animals as defined in the Republic Act 10536 or Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines therefore meat coming from them should undergo proper slaughtering and inspection for safe human consumption.

 Pierre Escobar