By Erma Edera
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has ordered to intensify the inspection of public markets after thousands of kilograms of “botcha” or spoiled meat were seized in the capital city since July this year.
Around 2,689 kilograms of spoiled beef shanks, pork and chicken meat were seized by authorities from different areas in Manila since July 1, a report from the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board showed.
“I am ordering the Veterinary Inspection Board to (go) double time in conducting inspection,” he said.
The Manila chief ordered concerned local agencies to set up checkpoints in all entry and exit points of Manila Harbor to prevent the entry of spoiled meat in the nation’s capital.
“Be vigilant especially where the meat is coming from. The pigs should have a health certificate especially before entering here in Manila,” the mayor said.
He also urged the public to be cautious, and observant when buying meat products.
Domagoso also called on meat vendors to join in the city government’s campaign against botcha, and to make sure to only sold food products from accredited meat establishments.