(Metro News) Caloocan cracks down on ‘botcha’

December 6, 2010 11:33 am 

MANILA, Dec. 5 – Caloocan Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri on Sunday directed all city department heads, especially those involved in the market, veterinary, and health services, to intensify efforts to rid the city of "botcha" or double-dead meat, particularly this Christmas season.

Echiverri also ordered the department heads to conduct frequent inspections at all meat stalls in Caloocan to ensure that their owners are complying with the standards set by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).

Earlier, the Department of Health warned the public against the purchase and consumption of double dead meat due to their adverse effects on one’s health.

Echiverri said that there were noticeable differences between fresh meat being sold at the marketplace and that of double-dead meat and thus called on the public to report to his office the sellers of "botcha".

“Let us not leave to chance the health of our relatives in buying double-dead meat. Instead, we should point to the proper authorities the individuals who are known sellers of botcha so they could be apprehended,” the Caloocan mayor appealed.

Echiverri said that the local government would not think twice in pressing charges against any businessman who would be found to be peddling double-dead meat as provided by law.

Among the characteristics of "botcha" is the foul smell it emits as well as its paler color when compared to fresh meat that is certified safe by the NMIS for sale and consumption.

Also, "botcha" is cheaper than the fresh meat, but is also very harmful to one’s health since it may lead to diarrhea, food poisoning and other ailments that could be caused by the germs and bacteria present in the meat. (PNA)

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