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5 abattoirs in Cebu City to be closed

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AT LEAST five slaughterhouses in Cebu City will be closed by the city government next week for failing to meet international standards on structure and operations. Department of Veterinary Medicine & Fisheries (DVMF) chief Alice Utlang said they have already informed the owners of the five abattoirs located in Barangays Mabolo, Mambaling, Banilad, Labangon, and Capitol Site that a closure order will be served next week. Ms. Utlang said the owners may reapply for accreditation and be permitted to reopen once they comply with all the requirements. At present, there are 27 slaughterhouses operating in the city. Ms. Utlang said they do not expect the local supply of pork to be affected by the closures. The city government, together with the National Meat Inspection Service, has been conducting inspection and evaluation of all abattoirs in the city since April. “Especially Cebu City is known for best lechon (roasted pig), so we might as well comply with the requirements… we want to help the lechon industry,” she said. — The Freeman





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