Today, July 8, 2020, City veterinarian Dr. Brigit Piok, assured the public that fish and meat products being sold at the Baguio City Public Market are “safe, sound, clean and [fit] for human consumption.”
According to the Public Information Office – City of Baguio, Dr. Piok said that they are conducting regular inspections at the market to ensure the health and safety of the people of Baguio.
Task Force for Market Inspections
Furthermore, Dr. Piok revealed that the City Veterinarian and Agriculture Office (CVAO) is also a part of the composite meat market monitoring task force, created under Executive Order No. 54, series of 2020.
“Our office is in charge of making sure our public market, our slaughterhouses and food processing establishments are clean…. We make sure our constituents and other consumers are protected from animal-borne diseases or illnesses.”
– City veterinarian Dr. Brigit Piok
The said task force is chaired by Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong and is composed of CVAO representatives, the Baguio City Police Office, Health Services Office, Market Superintendent’s Office, Legal Office, Food and Drug Administration, Public Order and Safety Division, the Permits and Licensing and Public Order and Safety divisions of the mayor’s office, and a representative of the meat vendors association.
What does the Composite Meat Market Task Force Do
According to PIO-Baguio, the task force conducts inspections, enforce meat inspection laws and regulations, accosts or recommends businesses found in violation of laws and ordinances, and formulates strategies to ensure food safety.
On the other hand, to guarantee market-goers get food fit for human consumption, Dr. Piok said that CVAO does the following:
- Checks on the veterinarian’s certificate and shipping permits
- Makes sure that the volume or head-count indicated in the certificate and permits tallies with the actual number of animals, fish, or meat products
- Checks on the health of transported animals, fish, or meat products
Dr. Piok also said that if the products reflected in the certificate and permits are not the same, they reject it. If it is live, they ask the shipper to either return it from where it came if the same is healthy or condemn and dispose it if not fit for human consumption.
However, if these are processed products, CVAO confiscates, condemns, and disposes the same.
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