Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Mrs. Cecilia Abena-Dapaah at the request of President Nana Addo is leading a serious war against unpleasant meats on the market.
The sector minister is not going to condone with the unhygienic conditions at butcher houses across all the regions in Ghana.
She said, this is intended at ensuring that all slaughtered animals obtain the mandatory veterinary stamp to guarantee its safety.
Speaking during a tour of the Mallam Atta market in Accra New Town, Madam Cecila Abena-Dapaah said his outfit together the anti-agencies will embark on strict market surveillance to rid-off animal products that have not obtained the approval of the veterinary services.
According to her, she will not take it likely at all with the rampant litering at market centres and the ugly heap of garbages at the heart of the markets exposing both human and food staffs to severe danger.
This comes after a market report carried by the National Security to President Nana Addo to institute measures to help curb the unhygienic situation at the butcher houses and abattoirs in the country.
The Head of Public Health and Food Safety at Veterinary Services, Dr. Bashiru Boikikimoto noted that slaughtered animal products or meats found on the market without the approved veterinary stamp will be confiscated and destroyed.
He explained that those without the approved stamp conspicuously failed to pass the veterinary food safety test and therefore should be declared unwholesome.
Dr. Bashiru recommended that members of the public to as a matter of urgency report offenders to the Environmental Health department at the Assembly for action to be taken.
“Anybody who goes to buy meat without the veterinary stamp should stay off because it means the animal was slaughtered at an illegal place. So we are going round with the Minister to ensure that slaughtered animals without veterinary stamp are confiscated and destroyed. We are now serious. We are seeing that the butchers are doing so many things and people are dying for their negligence. This information has gotten to President Nana Addo and he is not happy that meats are becoming unwholesome. So from today, we want those sellers and buyers to ask for the veterinary stamp and without it, they should not be allowed to stay,” he stated.