FCTA, butchers parley on hygienic meat processing
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has warned butchers in the territory to desist from using tyres to roast hide as research has shown that tyres contain highly toxic materials that constitute great risks to consumers.
The director in charge of Agriculture Services in the FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Alhaji Isa Ademoh, gave the warning last week during the inauguration of the newly elected executives of Garki Butchers Association.
He said the agric secretariat has commenced public awareness campaign to sensitize residents to be cautious and avoid buying animal skins roasted with tyres.
Ademoh revealed that the secretariat has been working hard to ensure that meat handling in the abattoirs and at point of sale meet the required safety and hygienic standards, stressing that officials in the Animal Services Division have been authorized to step up their inspection activities of all abattoirs in the territory.
He charged the newly inaugurated executives to use their positions to change the negative perception that has over the years been associated with butchers as a disorderly people, adding that butchers must begin to adopt conducts that will endear them to the society.
Earlier in his remarks, chairman of Garki Butchers Association, Mallam Hassan Maijanman, called on the FCT administration to support the association in its efforts to produce healthy meat for public consumption.
Maijanman appealed for standard abattoir, refrigerator van and butcher's meat shops in designated areas across the territory.