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Feb 07th
Home Sections Food Senator Villar Calls for Intensified Campaign Against “Botcha”
Senator Villar Calls for Intensified Campaign Against “Botcha” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Senator Villar's Press Office   
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:42


S en. Manny Villar today called on government to intensify its efforts to inform the public about botcha or double-dead meat and its harmful effects on people.


Editor’s Notes: “Double-dead meat” comes from swine, cattle or poultry that have died from natural causes or sicknesses and are still brought to slaughterhouses for processing as “certifiably-good meat products.”


Mr. Villar, chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade and Commerce, stated that graphic warning signs should be placed in strategic areas around the market place to help people distinguish botcha from fresh meat and its harmful effects when consumed by people.


Kung specific ang possible side effect, mas matatakot ang tao,” Senator Villar pointed out during the committee hearing on bills requiring the labeling of imported meat and the proliferation of botcha in Metro Manila markets and other parts of the country.


 He said the people should be aware that botcha is harmful just like how the people know now that smoking causes cancer.


Kung may billboard sa labas ng palengke, mapapahiya sila, madi-discourage silang magbenta ng botcha,” Mr. Villar said.


N ational Meat Inspection Commission (NMIC) Executive Director Atty. Jane Bacayo said they already placed billboards in market places telling the public that eating botcha causes LBM, vomiting and food poisoning.


Senator Villar said he is open to the recommendation of the NMIC to increase the fine for selling botcha to P25,000 to P500,000 from the original P1,000 to P10,000. Period of imprisonment should also be increased to six months to six years from the original period of two months to one year.


Director Bacayo also asked for additional personnel so they can ably man the over 1,500 slaughterhouses in the country. At present, NMIC has 311 personnel. # # #



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