Red lights at market stands adulterates meat products
PALO,Leyte- “Anything that would deceive the consumer is adulteration,” Dr. Claro Dennis Morantte, information officer of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) regional office 8 stressed during an interview.
Morantte said that NMIS is always present to check on cases of meat that is being sold to the public which can harm ones health. They have meat inspectors spread throughout the region. He stated that red lights on market meat stands continually deceive the consumers by portraying fresh looking meat products.
“During our meeting in Alangalang last May, where we have informed fish sellers not to use red lights on their meat stands, we have found out that some have used red cartolinas’ to cover their light bulbs and make their chickens look rosy,” he said.
“The problem with our consumers is that they have many rights which they do not know,” he added.
In line with this, NMIS is seeking help for consumers to practice their rights and cooperate. They are asked to report any incident that has something to do with meat being sold in the market which is short changing or one that lacks weight, use of red lights that deceive the public or any other case that deals with poor meat quality.
Moreover, Morantte is encouraging public meat consumers to call on or text their hotline numbers: landline- 323-8503, Smart- 09399140345, Globe- 09177198441 for any complaint with regards to this deception.
At present, their office is continually conducting Taskforce Bantay Karne Program throughout the region. (VANESSA JANE V. VALERIANO- LNU ABCOM INTERN)
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