By Erma Edera
Around 263 kilograms of pork ribs suspected to be “botcha” were seized during a routine inspection at the New Antipolo Market in Blumentritt, Manila on Thursday morning.
The contraband was confiscated by elements of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB) Special Enforcement Squad and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).
According to Dr. Nick Santos, chief of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB), the pork ribs were found to have foul odor and discoloration and were also improperly handled and stored.
Santos said this was a clear violation of Republic Act No. 10611, the Food Safety Act, as well as of Republic Act No. 10536, the “Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.”
“The VIB Enforcement Squad Team is intensifying its campaign against unscrupulous individuals who will take advantage of the Christmas Season for their illegal activities, victimizing the consuming public, particularly Manileños,” Santos said.
The routine inspections by the Manila VIB were launched in line with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s marching order to intensify the local government’s anti-botcha campaign.