Special Correspondent

MADURAI: Health officials of the Madurai Corporation on Saturday conducted early morning raids at places where unauthorised slaughtering has been taking place in the city.

A team of officials, including food inspectors, sanitary inspectors and a veterinary doctor, reached the Vaigai Thenkarai area in Ward No. 48 at around 4 a.m. to inspect the public hygiene and safety aspects as a part of the continuous raids being conducted across Madurai in the past few days.

V. Subramanian, City Health Officer, Madurai Corporation, said that the checks were conducted till 6 a.m. and notices issued to persons involved in running unlicensed slaughtering.

“We have seized 250 kg of mutton and 250 kg of beef and destroyed them. The corporation has issued notices under the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act,” he said.

The CHO said that complaints were received from public expressing doubts about the meat hygiene and “they asked us to take quick action in the interest of the public.”

Dr. Subramanian said that the health wing of Madurai Corporation had been conducting intensive raids at various eateries in the city and already three eateries near the railway station were sealed for unhygienic conditions.

He said that the corporation's next action would be on fruit juice shops and strict action would be taken on those who were violating public health norms. Ensuring sanitary conditions and preventing selling of adulterated food items would be the key areas of focus, the City Health Officer said.