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Lagos veterinary experts move against unhygienic meat in markets

By Gbenga Akinfenwa
25 September 2022   |   4:18 am
Poor animal welfare consideration, lack of ante-mortem inspection, poor dressing of butchers and meat inspectors, overcrowded abattoirs and poor post-mortem inspection have been identified as some of the factors...

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Poor animal welfare consideration, lack of ante-mortem inspection, poor dressing of butchers and meat inspectors, overcrowded abattoirs and poor post-mortem inspection have been identified as some of the factors responsible for poor meat hygiene standard in Lagos State.

 
The Chairman, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA),Lagos State, Dr Joseph Olufemi Aroso, who disclosed this during an event on meat hygiene awareness programme, held at Ikeja, added that gross inadequate water supply; poor means of transportation; poor and unhygienic meat marketing and poor waste management are also responsible for unhygienic meat in the markets.
 
The campaign was a public health awareness aimed at educating members of the public on the dangers of consuming unhygienically processed meat and meat products, with the sole aim of fostering healthy living among Lagosians.
 
Aroso, who raised the alarm that consumption of unhygienic meat, is responsible for zoonotic diseases transmitted from animals to humans,said diseases such as bovine tuberculosis; bovine spongiform encephalopathy; cysticercosis; brucellosis; anthrax; trichinosis; and salmonellosis among others would also be transmitted.
 
The chairman revealed that lack of provision for compensation of butchers whose animals were declared unfit for consumption is one of the basic factors responsible for the poor meat hygiene standard.

He said: “Untrained meat inspectors (no expertise); inadequatenumbers of inspectors; weak and inadequate provisions in the law; poor enforcement of existing laws; and placing of abattoirs under local councils’ control, are parts of the problems causing spike in unsafe and unwholesome meat in the state.”
   
Aroso noted that Lagos NVMA has been making concerted efforts at improving meat hygiene in the state, one of which is regular media campaign, adding that it will continue to educate members of the public on the dangers of consuming unwholesome meat.

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