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This is why I DO NOT trust street vendor food in the Philippines.  Meats sitting in the sun for hours and who knows where the meat came from?

Double Dead meat is a problem in the Philippines.  It is tainted meat from an animal that has died of disease or meat that is generally unfit for human consumption. 

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Policemen confiscated some 600 kilos of "hot meat" known as "botcha" along Miranda Extension in Barangay Sta. Trinidad while being delivered to Pampang Public Market last Tuesday.

The confiscated meat are "double dead" dressed chicken that were considered unfit for human consumption, according to Chief Inspector Jaime Villamil, commander of Police Station 2.

Villamil said that around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, they received information that hot meat from Bulacan will be transported to the Angeles City Public Market through a passenger jeepney with license plate CXL-537.

Policemen, together with elements of the City Veterinary Office (CVO) led by Dr. Josefino Villaroman, National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) led by Dr. Roberto Umali, and the Angeles City Public Market Administration headed by Ramon Casupanan, responded and were able to apprehend one Jaime De Castro, 51, from Barangay Masagana in Pandi, Bulacan.

Villaroman confirmed the meat was rancid and found that it did not have a NMIS seal.

The confiscated hot meat was later disposed at the Angeles City Slaughterhouse dumping site.

De Castro is facing charges for violations of the Meat Inspection Code and Consumer Act of the Philippines, which mandates that illegal sale of unsafe products like double dead meat has a corresponding penalty of P1,000 to P10,000 and not less than six months but not more than five years of imprisonment.

Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno appealed to Angeleños for greater vigilance while ordering the police and the CVO to heighten their operation against "double dead" meat to safeguard the welfare of consumers.

"Botcha" is usually smelly, cold, pale in color and costs almost half the original market price, according to Villaroman.

Last October 24, some 80 kilos of dressed hog meat were confiscated inside Pampang Public Market and were turned over to NMIS for proper disposition.

At present, CVO is requiring local meat distributors and meat vendors to present Meat Inspection Certificate (MIC) before their products can be distributed and sold in public markets. Without these certificates, they cannot sell their products.

The city veterinarian also advised consumers to demand for the clearance certificate issued by CVO to meat sellers to ensure that the product passed quality control and have complied with the standards of the NMIS.

Failure to present an MIC will force the team to confiscate the meat products.

"We need to protect the public so as not to be victimized by unscrupulous traders of unsafe meat products" Villaroman said.


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