PIC: Chairman Kagolo Mukiibi addressing meat traders and media on Wednesday (Charles Okalebo)
By Charles Okalebo
JINJA - Traders under the Jinja Abattoirs Traders Association have appealed to the Government chemist to examine samples of meat taken from different localities in Kampala and produce a report on the alleged use of dangerous chemicals by butchers.
Chrysostom Mukiibi Kagolo, the chairman of the association, said articles recently published in local newspapers and some aired on radio and television had affected the meat business, with their sales falling below 50%.
“We have been slaughtering between 20 to 25 cows a day, but following the publication of articles that Kampala butchers were using formalin (a chemical) to scare off flies from the meat, the consumption of meat has drastically fallen,” Mukiibi said on Wednesday.
He called on government chemists to verify whether the chemical found in Kampala butcher’s shops was formalin, saying if this is not done, the meat business is likely to collapse.
According to Mukiibi, the situation has not only affected beef, but also mutton and goats meat as it is all being shunned by consumers.
Mukiibi was addressing a meeting of traders under the Jinja Abattoirs Traders that was attended by stakeholders in the industry.
The meeting was a result of media reports that some Kampala city meat traders were using formalin to preserve meat. The reports also alleged that some traders pour the drugs on the floor of their butcheries to scare off house flies.
“A normal trader cannot buy a cow at sh1.5m and then injects its meat with formalin to scare off house flies. For the last 37 years I have done this job, that was unheard of in Jinja municipality,” Mukiibi commented.
The director of Butembe Butchers Ltd, Imam Muwaya, said they handle approximately 200kg of meat a day and whatever remains is kept in a deep freezer until the next day, when it is sold out.