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(Update) Authorities charge man caught transporting double dead meat in Pasay

October 15, 2008 1:48pm

Tags: Pasay City
MANILA, Philippines - Authorities on Wednesday charged a meat dealer who was caught transporting double-dead meat in Pasay City.

Radio dzBB's Denver Trinidad reported that authorities filed a complaint against Honorio Bitang, 50, for violating the Meat Inspection Code and the Consumer Act of the Philippines before the Pasay City prosecutor's office.

Bitang was arrested along with his nephew after an inspection team found 230 kilos of meat loaded along with hogs aboard a passenger jeep during a surprise inspection in Tramo in Pasay City before dawn Wednesday.

In an earlier report, radio dzBB quoted Pasay City veterinary chief Rodolfo Benasor as saying that Honorio Bitang got in deeper trouble for allegedly trying to offer him a bribe.

Bitang was arrested along with nephew Benjie Bitang, the driver of a passenger jeep containing the "double dead" meat, which was mixed with at least six live hogs in the jeep (TCM-944).

The inspection involved the city veterinary office and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).

Initial investigation showed the pigs were brought to Metro Manila from Lemery town in Batangas province.

Meanwhile, the NMIS said more inspections are due in the coming months until the Christmas season.

"Pagpasok ng October hanggang December, ito talaga nakatutok kami rito sa pamilihang bayan, sa pakikipagtulungan ng city and local veterinarians para mabantay ang pamilihang bayan para di makapasok ang double dead para mapangalagaan ang consumer natin (From October to December we plan to hold more inspections in markets, with the help of local city veterinarians. We don't want double-dead meat to make its way to our consumers)," NMIS head Jane Bacayo said in an interview on dzXL radio. - GMANews.TV
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Tags: Pasay City