Sell spoiled fish, get stiffer penalty

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/29 June) — Stiffer penalty will be meted out against Surigao City vendors caught selling spoiled fish.

Juanita P. Cabaña, market supervisor at the Surigao Public Market, said they are proposing to increase from P200 to P1,000 from the penalty for vendors violating a market health and sanitation ordinance, while repeat offenders will risk cancellation of lease contract for their stalls.

These and other proposals have been relayed by the mayor’s office to the City Council for proper action, Cabaña said.

Cabaña said consumers who happen to buy spoiled fish may seek redress by reporting the erring vendor to their office.

She said the proposal to increase the penalty would ensure that fish products sold at the market are fresh and fit for human consumption. She said this was also in response to various complaints of spoiled fish being sold at the market.

“Once this proposed amendments are approved by the City Council, any erring vendor will be fined or their lease contract as stall holders revoked,” she said.

Early last month, several consumers complained that fish they bought at the market were not fit for human consumption. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)