NMIS intensifies monitoring of “flooding” of large animals
The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) has heightened its monitoring of the “flooding” of large animals in the country for the protection of the meat consuming public.
This was based on the order of NMIS Executive Director Dr. Ernesto S. Gonzales.
“Flooding” is an illegal act of forcibly introducing a large amount of water to the mouth of food animals so that its meat gains more weight, or becomes heavier, to earn more profit from the meat consuming public.
According to Republic Act 10631(Amended Animal Welfare Act), it is prohibited to subject food animals to inhumane treatment such as “flooding”.
It is also prohibited and punished by Republic Act No. 7394 (The Consumer Act of the Philippines) for being a deceptive and unfair sales act causing adulteration of meat.
As part of the government’s effort to observe these laws, NMIS’ Regional Technical Operation Center (RTOC) III Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Team (CMET) recently confiscated and condemned seven carabaos from an erring slaughterhouse in Region III.
The CMET was supported by NMIS Central Office Enforcement Team headed by Rolando M. Marquez.
In a report submitted to Gonzales, the team explained that during the inspection of the animals before slaughter, they manifested signs of “flooding” as evidenced by unusually dilated eyes, drowsiness, and loss of balance. Some even had profuse urination and watery diarrhea.
Such observations indicated that the animals were in great pain and considered as “downers”, which prompted the team to order their emergency slaughter.
During emergency slaughter, voluminous amount of water with cud was observed gushing – out of the nostrils and mouth a few moments after sticking and during or after bleeding the animals, which are conclusive proofs that indeed the food animals were “flooded”.
Consequently, the seven carabaos were confiscated and condemned for being apparently subjected to “flooding”. The condemned animals were disposed by burying somewhere in Pampanga.
Meat of food animals that have been “flooded” is easily to get spoiled and also harmful to meat consumers as it may cause illnesses like diarrhea, food poisoning, and fever when such food animal had been forced to drink a contaminated water.