60 Dagupan vendors attend seminar on hygienic meat handling

DAGUPAN CITY, June 11 (PNA)– More than 60 meat vendors, dealers and handlers from two public markets here attended a seminar dubbed as “Hygienic Handling of Meat Markets” last June 9 at City Museum.

Mayor Belen Fernandez encouraged all those involved in meat handling from the Malimgas Public Market and the privately-owned Centromart to attend the seminar to ensure that the meat they are selling pass the hygienic standard set by the National Meat and Inspection Service (NMIS).

The seminar was sponsored by the city government through the City Veterinary Office, in partnership with NMIS. NMIS Regional Technical Director Dario Bonifacio

Canillas was the main resource speaker during the seminar that tackled rules and regulations in the handling of meat products being sold in public markets.

This is in accordance with the directive of NMIS to ensure the safety and quality of meat being sold in the market for the benefit of consumers.

Participants were also told to follow the laws on meat handling, secure a meat product inspection certificate and avoid selling double-dead meat or “botcha”.

Fernandez ordered the City Veterinary Office to regularly conduct inspection to ensure that rules in accordance with NMIS standard are followed.

Fernandez encouraged meat vendors to always observe cleanliness, proper hygiene, quality and the safety of their products.

At the same time, she advised consumers to always look for the meat and meat product inspection certificate when buying meat from the market.

She also informed the participants that the city government is now pushing for the construction a slaughter house with the help of NMIS.

The mayor directed concerned department heads to scout for a suitable location for the slaughterhouse. (PNA)