300kls of expired meat seized from supermarket

A routine round of supermarket inspections yielded 300 kilos of "hot meat" from inside the stock room of Puregold in Libertad, Bacolod City, on Monday. (Photo: TF Botagoy)

BACOLOD CITY–About 300 kilos of expired imported meat was seized from the stockroom of a supermarket across the Libertad South Market by Task Force Botagoy of the Bacolod City government on Monday.

Edward Martin Pinaga, TF head, said the expired meat products were discovered at the Libertad Branch of Puregold, Bacolod City.

Pinaga said they were conducting their routine inspection of supermarkets at the time. While the meat products were not displayed for sale in the meat section, they were stamped the manufacturing year 2018 and the expiration date September 2020.

“These are said to have been abandoned by the supplier, G-Fresh, following the ban by the provincial government on meat products from outside Negros Occidental due to the Asian Swine Fever outbreak,” he added.

The seized meat products were later burned and buried at the city’s slaughterhouse grounds in accordance with health protocols. (Photos: TF Botagoy)

Last Friday, about 343 kilos of “hot meat” were also seized from Puregold’s branch in Purok Laurel, Barangay Mansilingan.

Pinaga disclosed that attempts to contact the supplier failed as it had no office nor contact person in Bacolod City.

The confiscated “hot meat” was burned and buried in the city’s slaughterhouse grounds./(Eugene Y. Adiong/INews-Bacolod/Negros Bureaus)

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