At Agege abattoir, a butcher drags a cow to the slaughter labPhoto: PM News
As part of the measures to curb the spread of unwholesome processed meat and meat products, the Lagos State Government has read the riot act to operators of illegal abattoirs and slaughter slabs in the state.
According to the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Toyin Suarau, the riot act became necessary in order to guarantee wholesomeness in the process of meat which Lagosians consume.
The Commissioner who disclosed this in his office at Secretariat Alausa, stressed that it is necessary to monitor the whole process of meat handling right from the Animal Markets to the Abattoir, and even transportation, saying that government has handled significantly the distribution aspect by introducing the Eko Refrigerated Meat Van which is now used to transport meat rather than the former obnoxious meat transportation.
“Government will continue to close down illegal Abattoirs and Slaughter Slabs which are not hygienic and not in compliant with the relevant laws governing meat slaughtering in the state” Suarau opined.
He said that the issue of animal slaughtering is still a big issue because a lot of animals must be inspected before and after slaughtering according to the meat inspection law.
“The danger with unrecognized abattoirs is that the animals slaughtered there are not inspected by veterinary professionals to detect the one that has diseased or pregnant ones because it is illegal to slaughter pregnant animal” he revealed.
The Commissioner stressed that Government is giving all operators of unauthorized abattoir within the State two week to close down operations.
He however disclosed that two-week ultimatum has been given to the operators of illegal abattoirs located within Military Cantonments and Barracks in the State, where Veterinary Officers are denied access, stressing that Government can no longer tolerate such illegal practice.
According to Suarau, “We have veterinary …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper