In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has issued stern warning against the display or sale of frozen products in wet markets without properly-equipped refrigeration facilities as it strives to improve safety of both frozen and fresh meat.
The DA has informed the general public not to buy frozen meat products if these are not stored in proper chillers or freezers.
Agricultural group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) earlier expressed concern over the unsanitary dumping of frozen meat in public wet markets, amidst existing worries over COVID-19 pandemic.
The DA has confirmed that the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) will ensure that meat products for sale in public wet markets are handled safely.
DA Administrative Order No. 6 Series of 2012 stipulates the rules and regulations on hygienic handling of chilled, frozen, and thawed meat in public and private markets – prohibits the display or sale of frozen products in public markets without properly- equipped refrigeration facilities.