'Botcha' sellers face jail term, fines

Posted at 05/24/13 10:35 AM
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MANILA, Philippines - Vendors selling tainted meat or "botcha" are facing tougher sanctions after President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10536, amending the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.

Under the new law, those who will sell or transport "hot meat" may be imprisoned for six years to 12 years and/ or fined P100,000 to P1,000,000.

The law  also restructures the composition of the National Meat Inspection Service.

- Umagang Kay Ganda, 24 May 2013