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Bulacan continues to fight against “botcha”
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS-Unscrupulous traders of hot meat locally known as “botcha” are now feeling the heat as members of the provincial Task Force “Bantay Botcha” continues to enforce strict monitoring of livestock in farms, markets, slaughter houses and setting up of checkpoints in different entry and exit points in the province.

From March to April this year, the Task Force--composed of representatives from the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), Bulacan Police Provincial Office, local government units and some members of the media-- had already seized 4,202 kilos ( equivalent to 4.2 tons) of double dead hog’s meat and not less than 300 pieces of double dead chickens.

The hot meat were confiscated in five different places in the towns of Obando, Sta. Maria, San Rafael and cities of San Jose Del Monte and Malolos.

“ito ay magandang implikasyon na aktibo tayong nagbabantay sa ating mga palengke at kalsada para masigurado na hindi magtatagumpay ang mga ganitong gawain sa ating lalawigan.” Provincial veterinarian Dr. Voltaire Basinang said.

Basinang said appropriate charges have already been filed against the illegal traders of botcha for violation of Section 2 and 12 of the Provincial Ordinance 98-01, an ordinance prohibiting the transportation and distribution of double dead meat.

Meanwhile, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado continuously call for the Bulakenyos to be more vigilant and take responsibility in protecting their health by reporting to the authorities any incidents regarding the said illegal activity.

Hot meat or botcha refers not only to double dead meat but also to those that did not pass through the standard and proper way of slaughtering. ###

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