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Govt agency reiterates proper meat handling guidelines

Government reminds vendors to properly handle their meat products to avoid health risks
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The National Meat Inspection Service  has reminded meat importers and vendors to observe proper handling of products to protect consumers from possible health risks.

“We owe it to the public. We should always consider their welfare in everything that we do especially when crafting guidelines that ensure the safety and quality of meat and meat products,” Jane Bacayo, executive director of NMIS, said in a statement.
Consumers are encouraged to look for the Meat and Meat Product Inspection Certificate to ensure that the meat they buy was certified to be free from any risks that could be hazardous to health. [Read how one family saved their dying meat-related business here]

“Although imported meat is allowed to be sold in wet markets, vendors should observe the standards pertaining to maintaining its safety and quality. Frozen meat that is not handled properly poses a risk to the health of consumers.” Bacayo said. [Read how government made importation easier here]
Several meat vendors in Metro Manila complained that the increasing presence of imported meat in the wet markets is actually harmful as the basic rule in food handling, which is to keep the cold products cold and the warm products warm, is not followed. [Learn how to make beef tapa here]

The NMIS issued guideline provides that frozen meat when sold in wet markets have to be kept in a controlled environment that prevents it from thawing. The vendors should avoid placing the meat directly in contact with dirty surfaces. It should also retain its original packaging. -Carlo P. Mallo
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