Butcheries Flood With Meat From Livestock Affected By Diseases:
Some farmers are going against health protocols by slaughtering and selling meat from livestock affected by diseases such as January disease and anthrax, instead of burning the carcasses.
According to iHarare, Health experts have raised concerns over reports that some unscrupulous farmers and butchers are now selling meat from livestock that are infected with diseases such as January disease, anthrax, and tick-borne disease.
This comes after more than 1 000 cattle died in January alone from a disease called Theileriosis also known as the January disease.
Under the country’s health protocols, the carcasses of livestock that die from known or unknown diseases must be burnt to ashes in the presence of a health inspector.
Veterinary diseases like anthrax can be transmitted to humans causing serious ailments that can lead to death if not treated.
Midlands Veterinary director Dr. Martin Sibanda said people should only buy meat from registered butcheries to avoid eating contaminated meat.
Meat from infected animals should not be consumed. Diseases can be transmitted from animals to the people for example anthrax and foot and mouth are dangerous diseases which can cause death, he said.
In another report, the Director of health and environmental services for Masvingo City Council Mr. Ngonidzashe Mapamula said people’s lives are at risk as uninspected meat is being sold in some butcheries.
It is a criminal offence for any butchery to sell or display meat that has not been processed in a registered slaughterhouse and inspected and certified as fit for human consumption, Mr Mapamula said.
In 2020 it is reported that close to 90 people were hospitalized after consuming beef from cattle that had anthrax.
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