QUEZON CITY, Dec 12 (PIA) — The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) – Mimaropa is urging consumers in the region to be discriminating in purchasing meat products throughout the Christmas Season.
Supervising Meat Control Officer Mignon Umali of the Regional Technical Operation Center – NMIS-Mimaropa said her office re-launched “ Oplan Pasko Na Naman (roughly means Oplan Its Christmas Once More) which campaigns ‘for the implementation of food safety laws, rules and regulations.’
“Consumers must be vigilant in buying meat,” said Dr. Umali, “ they must buy from legitimate meat dealers, look for meat inspection certificates as well as inspection marks.’’
Dr. Umali said fresh meat is pinkish-red without slimy or sticky feeling: frozen fresh meat products must be sold unthawed.
Meat should be sold in public markets within 8 hours from the time it was slaughtered in a NMIS accredited slaughter house.
Dr. Umali said most public markets are open air where meat could be exposed to dust, flies and other organisms such as bacteria that may have healthy implications.
Fortunately, she said, most meat dealers could sell off their products before noon and the meat sold late in the afternoon are from farm animals slaughtered within the day. (LP/PIA4B)