Over 263 kilos of 'botcha' seized in Manila


Posted at Nov 21 2019 09:48 AM

A routine inspection led to the seizure of over 263 kilos of pork ribs suspected to be botcha from a market in Manila. Photo courtesy of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board.

Meat inspectors seized 263.3 kilos of pork ribs during a routine inspection at the New Antipolo Market in Blumentritt, Manila on Thursday.

Dr. Nick Santos, chief of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB), said the discolored, foul smelling meat could be “botcha” or double dead meat. He said the meat was also "improperly handled and stored," in violation of Republic Act No. 10611 or the Food Safety Act as well as Republic Act No. 10536 or the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.

"The VIB Enforcement Squad Team is intensifying its campaign against unscrupulous individuals who will take advantage of the Christmas season for their illegal activities, victimizing the consuming public, particularly our Manileños,” Santos said.