The Lagos State Government on Monday read the riot act to operators of illegal abattoirs and slaughter slabs in the state, saying that it was part of the measures to curb “the spread of unwholesome processed meat and meat products”.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Toyin Suarau, who spoke on behalf of the government, said the riot act became necessary in order to guarantee “wholesomeness in the process of meat which Lagosians consume”.
The Commissioner argued that it is necessary to monitor the whole process of meat handling right from the Animal Markets to the Abattoir, and even transportation.
He said government has handled the distribution aspect by introducing the Eko Refrigerated Meat Van which is now used to transport meat rather than the former obnoxious meat transportation.
He said 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 unrecognised 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’’
The Commissioner said the government is giving all operators of unauthorised abattoir within the State two weeks to close down operations.
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