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MANILA, Philippines -- Authorities confiscated some 200 kilos of “double dead” pork being sold in the middle of a street in Manila’s Paco district early Wednesday morning.
Rolando Martinez, leader of a “Bantay Karne” team from the National Meat Inspection Service, said this was a common practice by unscrupulous businessmen.
“This is their style, they no longer sell their meat inside the markets so they can easily flee,” he told News5 after the inspectors mounted the operation to seize the illegal meat around 3 a.m.
“Double dead” refers to meat from animals that have died of disease.
The meat inspectors said sales of double dead meat may be expected to rise during the hot summer.
“They are like people, they get sick, especially during the summer, and die,” Martinez said.
Double dead meat sells for as low as P80 per kilo, way below the P200 for meat sold in markets.