Manila City government meat inspectors on Thursday, November 21, seized about 263.3 kilograms of pork ribs suspected to be “botcha” at New Antipolo Market in Blumentritt.

Dr. Nick Santos, chief of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB), said the pork ribs emitted “foul odor and discoloration.” It was also “improperly handled and stored.”

Santos said this was a clear violation of Republic Act No. 10611 or the Food Safety Act as well as Republic Act No. 10536 or the “Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.”

The seizure of suspected “botcha” was carried out by the Manila VIB and the NMIS Enforcement Team.

“The VIB Enforcement Squad Team is intensifying its campaign against unscrupulous individuals who will take advantage of the Christmas Season for their illegal activities, victimizing the consuming public, particularly our Manileños,” Santos said.