DA warns public vs. double dead meat

March 6, 2010 12:28 pm 

COTABATO CITY, March 6 — The National Meat Inspection Services (NMIC) in Central Mindanao has reminded meat consumers to be on guard against selling of double-dead meat in public markets in the region.

Double-dead meat means animals which died naturally, but were butchered and sold to the public.

Ariel Billanes, head of the Department of Agriculture's NMIS based in Koronadal City, issued the warning due to increasing cases of large animals like cattle, carabaos, goats, among others, dying due to the dry spell.

Farmers might butcher the large animals that succumbed to the El Nino dry spell and sell them to the public, he said.

"It's against the law and very dangerous to human beings," Billanes told reporters, stressing that animals that died due to dehydration should not be sold to the public.

He advised farmers to bury the dead animals instead of selling them even at low prices.

Billanes also advised consumers to check and verify if the meat sold at the public market have undergone inspection by the NMIS which certifies the stuff is good for consumption.

To avoid food poisoning, double dead meat should be properly disposed, Brillanes said. (PNA)

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