Double dead meat, aka hot meat, is a Filipino term designating meat or poultry sold in markets, which have already died from disease before having been cut up. The term botcha can also be used interchangeably with double dead meat. The expression is said to originate from two Chinese words bot and cha, which means "usually do not eat".
The source of hot meat that is circulating the country remains unclear. However, past reports of smuggling from China would tell us that the issue is not a thing new anymore. It must be remembered that, amongst others, a cargo of double dead meat from China was kept in the Customs warehouse and found its way to some meat processing company in Pampanga. In any event, the problem of the proliferation of double dead meat in a variety of markets all over the Philippines continues to be plaguing the country only recently, particularly since most the Filipinos are meat fans.
The distinguishing characteristics of meat being double dead are: putrid odor, light color with greenish-gray or bluish color, dark hide, hair stay stuck to the meat's fat albeit having been dipped in boiling water, sticky and slick. To be sure, the client should avoid buying frozen meat kept in cartons and those that can be bought in unusually low costs. Instead, the client must keep an eye out for meat with pinkish or reddish color with a few touches of blood, signifying it is fresh.
Instead of being displayed in markets, the meat must be properly disposed of and burned. The well-being repercussions of have the meat of a sick creature are easily clear. First, the type of the disease is unknown, not to mention the medication administered to the creature. Second, a dead creature will probably comprise germs, microorganisms plus some unknown parasites which may be absorbed by individuals when the animal's meat is have, however that the same is cooked. Thus, the man suffers from acute diarrhea and food poisoning. Make sure to avoid these diseases when you enjoy different Filipino recipes.
As a precaution, the public is advised by the government to buy meat only from their sure meat vendors with authorized outlets certified by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS). This certification ought to be posted on the vendor's stall or establishment. Furthermore, the purchaser should see a NMIS inspection mark on the meat before buying one.
Eventually, the people should be aware that the sale of hot meat is strictly contrary to the Meat Inspection Code, in addition to the Consumer Act of the Philippines along with other local ordinances, and is penalized by incarceration. Thus, the public is urged to promptly report to the local officials any knowledge of the existence of the double meat traders and of their actions.
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