Mayors of ancient cities commit to modernizing slaughterhouses

SLAUGHTER IMPROVEMENT. The ancient provincial veterinarian Dr Florencio Macuja (left) and the regional director of the National Meat Inspection Service Fernando Lontoc (right) inspect the slaughterhouse in San José de Buenavista on October 19, 2021. The head of the public division of the ancient provincial veterinary office, Dr Rafael Marco Ardamil, declared on Wednesday October 20, 2021, the mayor of San Jose de Buenavista, Elmer Untaran, commits his slaughterhouse to be upgraded to Double A. (Photo courtesy of Antique ProVet)

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antiquity – The mayors of this municipality and of the municipality of Sibalom have committed to upgrading their respective slaughterhouses to Double A status before the end of this year.

Dr Rafael Marco Ardamil, head of the public health division of ancient provincial veterinarians (PROVET), said the regional director of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), Fernando Lontoc, had secured the mayor’s commitment Elmer Untaran and Mayor of Sibalom Gian Carlo Occeña for the upgrade during his October visit. 19 visit.

“Right now, our slaughterhouses in the province are only classified as Locally Approved Meat Establishments (LMREs),” he said in an interview on Wednesday.

Since they are considered EMRLs, their accreditation comes only from the provincial government and not from NMIS, which is the national government regulatory agency that implements meat inspection and hygiene policies to ensure safety.

Pigs processed in slaughterhouses are intended for local consumption only and cannot be marketed outside the province.

“The slaughterhouses of San José de Buenavista and Sibalom during the inspection of Dir. Lontoc turned out to be operational, but it was unable to sell its slaughtered meat outside of Antique which was not yet accredited by NMIS as Double A, ”he said.

To upgrade Double A slaughterhouses, he said, local government units (LGUs) will need to put in place conveyors and other necessary equipment to ensure the slaughtered animal is clean and safe for consumption.

“NMIS will also provide technical assistance to these LGUs so that they can meet the Double A standard,” he said.

The two slaughterhouses can slaughter around 20 to 30 pigs per day.

Ardamil said the Double A slaughterhouse can enable Antique to transport pork to Luzon, which currently has cases of African swine fever (ASF).

Pigs from this province are in high demand as Antique is free of ASF and the Christmas season is already fast approaching.

“Traders also complain that they tend to suffer losses due to the decrease in live weight when transporting pork,” he said.

Currently, the purchase price for liveweight pork has increased to PHP 140 per kilogram, from PHP 120 per kilogram previously, Ardamil said. (ANP)

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