December 7, 2023

The city’s Meat Market Monitoring Task Force confiscated a total of 74.35 kilos of assorted meat and meat products being sold without permits and veterinary health certificates at the public market and other satellite markets.

Also confiscated were three kilos of cooked dog meat at Kagitingan barangay which was immediately reported to the Baguio City Police Office’s Station 7 for appropriate action.

The confiscations were made during the task force’s inspection and monitoring activity last Oct. 17 in line with the city’s celebration of Meat Safety Consciousness Week from Oct. 16 to 20, aimed at protecting the public from food and water-borne diseases including unsanitary, unwholesome, mishandled or adulterated food.

The monitoring and inspection was spearheaded by the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office together with the National Meat Inspection Service, City Health Services Office’s Sanitary Division, City Treasury Office’s Market Division, Food and Drug Administration, and Public Order and Safety Division.

CVAO head Silardo Bested said the week-long celebration also reminds meat handlers and all stakeholders that the production of clean, wholesome, healthy, and sound meat for food is everyone’s concern.

He added the CVAO continues to strictly implement rules and regulations to promote food safety and ensure that the meat and meat products sold at the city’s markets are clean and safe for consumption. – Gaby B. Keith