“The operation is a fact-finding mission to check the compliance of butcher's shops with the required public health standards."
HEALTH | STANDARDS
KAMPALA - Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) have recovered dangerous chemicals used by butchers to preserve meat and keep off flies, which poses a health risk to consumers.
A joint inspection team closed nine butcheries around Kalerwe, Kampala and arrested two men who were found with the chemicals on Wednesday.
Peter Kaujju, the KCCA director of communications, told New Vision they had decided to conduct a joint operation with UNBS on butcheries across the city to check the hygienic state of the meat and the butchers, structural standards of butcher's shops as well as investigate meat preservation mechanisms.
"The operation is a fact-finding mission to check the compliance of butcher's shops with the required public health standards," Kaujju said, adding that the crackdown would continue to ensure proper hygiene.
One of the men arrested with the drugs confessed they were using the drugs to keep the meat fresh and keep away flies. The other suspect, however, insisted the drugs found at his butcher's shop had been bought for use at home.
It was not yet clear which chemicals were confiscated from the butcher's shop since they were not labeled, but Kaujju said they would subject them to lab tests to determine their type.
The operation came in the wake of a detailed Saturday Vision investigation, which revealed that most of the butcheries, especially those dealing in meats, fish and grasshoppers (nsenene) were using unregulated preservatives to make old foodstuffs to look fresh preserve.
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