By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Around 300 kilos of expired meat were confiscated at a local supermarket in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City over the weekend.
Ernie Pineda, executive assistant on markets, said members of Task Force Botagoy (TFB) were conducting monitoring activities when they made the discovery.
Pineda said the meat products expired on September 20, 2020, however, it was kept in storage by the seller and was never displayed to the public.
The TFB immediately seized the meat products and were subsequently buried to prevent it from being consumed.
Pineda also noted the company which runs the supermarket was also the same company wherein they confiscated a total of 3,000 kilos of expired meat products last year.
With the holiday season just a few weeks away, Pineda said the TFB has further strengthened their monitoring in the city’s markets to prevent the selling of expired meat products.
Hogs which have been slaughtered illegally from unregistered slaughter houses are also being eyed by the authorities.
Pineda added that all meat products must go through the city’s slaughter houses in order to be inspected thoroughly before being sold./DGB, WDJ