MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Veterinary Inspection Board seized 250 kilos of double dead meat or “botcha” in Divisoria, Manila early Sunday morning.
Manila Veterinary Inspection Board Chief Joey Diaz said they confiscated the meat from a muddy and filthy place in Divisoria past 1 a.m. before the vendors were able to mix it with fresh meat.
Diaz said the vendors even covered the meat with sacks but the authorities had detected them because of the bad smell.
“Itong ganitong panahon na umulan umaraw, susceptible ang mga baboy sa sakit. Siguro yung attempt ng mga negosyante na mabawi yung pera nila kaya nila binebenta," Diaz said.
The owner of the double dead meat, however, was not arrested because he quickly escaped.
Diaz said the public should be warned because it is likely that double dead meat will be prevalent because the Christmas season is nearing.
"Iwasan nating bumili ng ganitong klase kasi hindi man agad, posibleng sa mga susunod na araw doon tayo magkasakit," he said.
Meanwhile, the National Meat Inspection Service is pushing for a measure that will increase the punishment of those who will sell double dead meat. – Report from Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News