Government closely monitoring abbatoirs: Min Shiri

By ZBC Reporter
THE Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Marshal, Perrance Shiri on Tuesday dismissed social media reports of contaminated meat being sold and advised members of the public to be wary of information being circulated on social media.
The cabinet minister who was responding to questions from members of the media concerning contaminated meat which is allegedly being sold to unsuspecting consumers at the Post Cabinet briefing, dispelled a report that has gone viral of sick cattle being sold at cheap prices in Mhondoro for slaughter and human consumption saying the information was inaccurate as his ministry has three officials in every ward in the district and no such reports had been received.
Minister Shiri said efforts to intensify inspection processes and monitor meat sold in supermarkets and butcheries with a combined team of officials from his ministry and that of Health and Child Care carrying out the checks.
“But let me also talk about what has been coming out on social media whereby someone was broadcasting that some infected cattle were being slaughtered in Mhondoro and sold to butcheries in towns,” he said.
“We have two to three extension workers in every ward and no report has been received to that effect, especially from Mhondoro, and that now casts doubt on the authenticity and reliability of the report.
“If anyone has any information in regards to the reselling of sick cattle for human consumption, they should make a report with an accurate date, time and place so it becomes easy for the issue to be rectified.”
Minister Shiri said the reports had been noted and directed the Veterinary Services Department to inspect the slaughter processes.
An instruction had also been issued that no cattle from disease affected areas should be sold for slaughter or for keeping.
Livestock will therefore be accessed from other regions which are free from diseases, but whenever slaughter takes place, meat inspectors should be at the abattoirs to inspect the process.
Any condemned meat, which is unsuitable for human consumption, will be destroyed as well as diseased cattles where there is no cure and this is done to combat the spread of diseases.