Mindoro heightens meat inspection
POSTED: Thursday, April 10th, 2014
CALAPAN CITY — Local health authorities in Oriental Mindoro are now aggressively inspecting all meat products in the local market to ensure the health of local residents and prevent the sale of double-dead meat to the public during this summer season.
This, after Dr. Randy Lontoc, National Meat Inspection Service – Region 4B (MIMAROPA) director, directed all local government implementers to conduct regular and rigorous inspection of accredited slaughter houses.
Lontoc visited Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan to check on the monitoring at the local level.
At present, there is a pending application for accreditation of the slaughter house in the towns of Pinamalayan, Bansud, and Bongabong.
Lontoc said the approval of the applications will only be after they pass and comply with the government standards accreditation.
To gain the “Double A” standard, a slaughter house must meet three important aspects: infrastructure or building requirement; facilities and equipment and the observance of proper butchering procedure.
Lontoc said butchers must also undergo training on proper butchering methods and observance of personal hygiene including hygiene inside the slaughter house.
All animals whose meat will be sold to consumers must be butchered by accredited slaughter houses.
Each must have the Meat Product Inspection Certificate or wholesomeness stamp as an assurance that the products are safe to eat.
Meat dealers, vendors and other source establishments must also pass accreditation on good hygienic practices and possess training certificate so as not to compromise the health of the public.
Provincial Veterinarian Grimaldo Catapang extended assistance to slaughter houses under the technical and financial support to livestock related projects by providing electric stunner, generator, de-hairing table, power spray, and others’ needs.( By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)