PIA Press Release
Monday, November 22, 2010
How to spot "botcha"Manila (November 22) - With double-dead pork or botcha being illegally sold in some public markets, the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) advised the public on how to spot tainted meats from those that have passed their standards.
According to NMIS executive director Atty. Jane Bacayo, consumers should look out for meat that is pale, sometimes taking on a bluish or greenish tinge.
Bacayo said that fresh and untainted meat is pinkish in color and sometimes have still blood on it.
Double-dead meat has an unpleasant smell than the ordinary smell of slaughtered meat, the official warned.
She added that the hair and skin on hot meats are usually not properly cleaned, since "botcha" is often butchered in a hurry before the meat hardens.
Finally, a recognizable giveaway of botcha is its rock bottom price. # jcp