Unhygienic slaughterhouses risk closure
Nairobi City County Executive for Agriculture, Livestock development, Fisheries and Forestry Dr Danvas Makori has given 60days notice to slaughterhouses which do not meet health standards to improve or face closure.
Dr Makori who was accompanied by select Assembly committee members for Agriculture visited Neema and Kiamaiko slaughterhouse to inspect on slaughterhouses hygiene standards and food safety. He commended Neema slaughterhouse for adhering to international health standards on the facility's cleanness and meat hygiene. Dr Makori said other slaughterhouses should emulate Neema slaughterhouse by doing the right thing. He said Neema slaughterhouse is a good example of what is supposed to be done in food handling and urged other slaughterhouses to comply with hygiene standards to ensure food safety for human consumption.
While speaking at Neema slaughterhouse, the minister said" the joy of the County Government is to see the slaughter houses prosper by giving them required support. It is also the duty of the County to ensure its residents have access to safe food"
Makori said that although the County has 30 meat inspectors in the 21 slaughters houses there is need to recruit more veterinary doctors and meat inspectors to ensure that all the meat consumed in the city is inspected. "80% of the meat in Nairobi come from other counties and only 20% meat come from Nairobi. Other counties have no choice but to comply by ensuring meat hygiene and safety.
In kiamaiko, the Agriculture boss cited environmental challenges. He said that 15 slaughterhouses in the facility have come along way though more needs to be done to ensure they comply with Heath standards. He gave them 60 days to ensure all the slaughterhouses meet the set hygiene standards saying if they comply no action will be taken against them. Makori said the County's mandate is to support and not to suppress the slaughterhouse owners.