TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Oct. 31 (PIA) — The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) in the Cagayan Valley Region urged all Local Government Units (LGUs) regionwide to employ their respective sanitary inspectors, noting that such appears not to be on their top priority.
Regional Director Rolando Ongsotto said only few LGUs in the region have sanitary inspectors despite the fact that the law requires them to employ such.
He revealed that only 65 percent of the 98 LGUs in Region 2 established their slaughter houses while other LGUs argued that they don’t have funds to establish and maintain an abattoir.
Ongsotto said LGUs must craft their respective meat safety ordinances as a measure to ensure the quality and proper hygiene of meat products sold in wet markets.
He said the absence of local meat inspection system ordinances put consumers’ health at risk, since there is no regulation over proper meat handling,” the regional director added.
“It is also important to be able to properly regulate the distribution of meat locally,” the regional director added.
Ongsotto, on the other hand, said that all sanitary inspectors should undergo a 20-day basic inspection training course.
“They need to be upgraded on the latest trend of inspection and be equipped in ensuring quality and safe meat products for human consumption,” he said.
He also urged those LGUs without slaughter houses to partner with the nearest LGU with an abattoir and trained inspectors. (ALM/OTB-PIA/Cagayan)
Source: PIA Feed