This half semester, July to December 2019, has resulted to more or less 1,200 kilos of confiscated assorted meat. Of the confiscated meat, 98% was pork and only 2% beef (beef entrails). Mishandled meat for sale were condemned which accounted for 13%. Approximately 87% of the confiscated meat were fit for human consumption and donated to charitable institutions. Donated confiscated meat were those without Meat Inspection Certificate displayed on their stalls which was a violation of RA 9296 (Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines), as amended by RA 10536.
The month of December had the highest confiscated meat products with 29.34% or 352.21 kilos, mostly pork carcasses intended for lechon that were not brought to our slaughterhouses. Followed by the month of August with 288.73 kilos (24%); July had 200.295 kilos (16.69%); October with 250.29 kilos (20.85 kilos); September had 7.4% (88.9 kilos); and month of November had the lowest kilos of confiscation with 20 kilos or 1.67% from 1,200 kilos.
The monitoring team of the City Veterinarian’s Office had visited and monitored far areas in Davao City like Cabantian, Lasang, Mudiang, Bunawan, and Buda. The most monitored areas and with more incident of undocumented meat for sale were located in Poblacion, Talomo, and Agdao.
The Meat Inspection Team of the City Veterinarian’s Office is looking forward for plantilla vacant positions in the Meat Livestock and Fish Inspection Division to be filled up and Job Order personnel to assist and augment in the meat inspection. The division needs to have a monitoring team that would focus in post-abattoir monitoring in Davao City, most especially in populated areas in Poblacion, Talomo, and Agdao, to closely monitor and assure the public of clean and wholesome meat for consumption and to educate our constituents thru IEC (Information, Education and Communication) or now known as CEPA (Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness) on proper meat handling and food safety.
For the year 2020, the City Veterinarian’s Office aims to assure Davaoeños of safe and healthy supply of meat in Davao City. Leveling up from proper meat handling of meat to assuring the public that locally produced meat will not cause human health problems through – Republic Act No. 10611: Strengthening the Philippine Food Safety Regulatory System or the Food Safety Act of 2013.