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750 kg 'hot' meat seized; 3 nabbed in QC market raid

October 13, 2010 7:54am
At least 750 kilos of "double dead" or tainted hog meat were seized while three suspected vendors of the hot meat were arrested in a predawn raid on a market in Quezon City Wednesday.

Radio dzBB's Paulo Santos reported the joint operation by the city police and health office swooped down on the Balintawak Market at 2:30 a.m.

Found in the raid conducted at about 2:30 a.m. were 700 kilos of hot meat and 50 kilos of lechon (roasted pig) meat.

Arrested were three suspected vendors, initially identified as Ludy dela Rosa, Lea Balte, and Carlo Trinidad.

City health officer Dr. Ana Marie Cabel cited initial findings most of the hot meat seized Wednesday may have come from Bulacan province.

Earlier, the National Meat Inspection Service said it is monitoring farms in Bulacan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija as possible sources of the hot meat.

A separate report by dzBB's Allan Gatus said the meat will be brought to Payatas and burned.

Authorities have intensified their watch for hot meat, anticipating a rise in demand for the commodity as the Christmas holidays draw closer. — LBG, GMANews.TV
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