(Metro News) QC govt. closes

November 7, 2010 1:06 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 6 – Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said Saturday he ordered the closure of three privately-owned markets in Balintawak, Quezon City for allegedly selling double-dead meat or “botcha.”

Ordered to shut down operations are the MC, Riverview and Cloverleaf markets, which were reportedly being used as a “bagsakan” or distribution centers for the prohibited meat.

In his directive, Bautista also ordered the revocation of the market and sanitary inspection permits issued by the city government to the owners of the three establishments, pending compliance with existing rules and regulations on sanitation and safety of the public.

Bautista urged the city health department, market administration and development department and office of the building official to coordinate efforts in ensuring the success of the city’s campaign against unscrupulous traders selling “double dead” meat.

Earlier, city veterinarian Dr. Ana Marie Cabel recommended to the Mayor the closure of the three markets because of the inability of their owners to stop the rampant selling of the harmful meat within their areas, especially those being peddled by illegal vendors.

On orders of Bautista, meat inspectors from the city health department had intensified their monitoring efforts to rid the city of unsafe meat, especially in the Balintawak area, which has been identified as a distribution center for “hot meat” from nearby provinces, such as Bulacan and Nueva Ecija.

There are about six privately-owned markets operating in Balintawak. Health officials said the illegal trade of “botchas” reached its peak during the holiday season when the demand for pork products was very high.

The prohibited meat also proliferates during the rainy season when hogs are more susceptible to respiratory diseases. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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