An inspection of theBacolod City Slaughterhouse to ensure that it is observingproper procedures in slaughtering hogs, is being planned soon, Bacolod Councilor Bart Orola said.
Orola,chairman of the SangguniangPanlungsod Committee on Markets and Slaughterhouse, said there are different procedures or requirements for slaughtering hogs to be sold in the markets and for those to be roasted or sold by lechon vendors.
During a committee hearing he conducted Thursday, he said that lechon vendors requested for a refrigerated van to transport meat products from the slaughterhouse.
“We are known in the country for having the best lechon, while our Manokan Country is also famous for chicken inasal. How much more if we can improve our slaughtering services,”Orola said.
They hope to find a win-win solution to the concerns of the lechon vendors, he said.
Earlier, Councilor EmAng also conducted a public hearing concerning the preparation and sale of lechon, or roasted pig, at the lechonan country.
Ang, chairman of the SP Committee on Health and Sanitation, said that according to the Permits and Licensing Office that are 14 lechon vendors who registered but only three were issued business permits becausesome did not comply with the requirements.
During the public hearing, the lechon vendors manifested that they are not amenable to having their hogs slaughtered at the slaughterhouse because they find it too far and will entail additional cost, Ang said.
She said they made the lechon vendors understand that, R.A. 9296, or the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines, requires that all meat for consumption of the public must be sanitary and must be prepared at the slaughterhouse.
The lechon vendors claimed that having their hogs prepared and roasted at the slaughterhouse will greatly affect their business.
AVM Bernardo offered them an area at the slaughterhouse where they could immediately prepare and roast their lechon. They will also be provided individual cubicles to protect their trade secrets, she said.
But the lechon vendors requested that a meat inspector be sent to their place to conduct inspection, instead of bringing their hogs to the slaughterhouse, Ang said.
Meanwhile, a resolution requesting the City Health Office, National Meat Inspection Services, and the City Veterinary Office through the Office of the City Mayor to strictly implement regular inspection of meat products sold at the different public markets of Bacolod City to prevent entry of adulterated meat products, was approved by the Bacolod SangguniangPanlungsod Wednesday.
The resolution authored byOrola saidthere have been reported sightings of spoiled, discolored, and adulterated meat products being peddled in the public markets, that are unfit for consumption and may endanger the health and safety of innocent and unwary consumers.
It said the quality and safety of meat products should be given utmost priority, as they could be possible source of meat-borne infection and diseases that may be transmittable to man, thus regular meat inspection is necessary to prevent unscrupulous acts perpetrated by scheming individuals and apprehend though.
The resolution said there is a need to spread awareness and to provide information/education to the consuming public about identification of adulterated meatand meat products, and their proper handling and disposal.*CGS
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