Andhra Pradesh

Raids reveal poor state of meat outlets

Reality check: A.P. Meat Development Corporation Chairman Prakash Naidu inspecting a meat outlet in Tirupati on Sunday.

Reality check: A.P. Meat Development Corporation Chairman Prakash Naidu inspecting a meat outlet in Tirupati on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: K_V_PoornachandraKumar

Report to be submitted on the situation in Tirupati

A.P. State Meat Development Corporation Chairman Prakash Naidu on Sunday stressed the need for building modernised slaughter houses to ensure humane culling of animals, alongside setting up latest equipment and presence of veterinary experts.

Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of conducting surprise inspections of meat/meat product outlets across Tirupati, Mr. Naidu said that they had been carrying out the exercise across the State to see that the outlets followed the regulations and delivered proper meat to people.

“The corporation has been formed to focus on the health of people and prevent them from contracting diseases from bad meat/meat products. There is also a need to spread awareness among people on the issues that might arise in that context,” he added.

Stale meat

Inspecting several outlets, Mr. Naidu remarked that many vendors stocked the meat for weeks. The condition of the animals kept by them for sale was also deplorable, he said.

“We have found iced up meat emanating foul smell in some freezers. There is a need to conduct regular checks on such practices,” he maintained.

Mr. Naidu said consumption of such meat /meat products could make people vulnerable to more than 200 types of infections and diseases.

He said they would submit a detailed report to the government on the bad condition of the outlets in the city. They would hold awareness programmes for vendors and consumers (people) to help them follow the best practices.

Aid to vendors

“We are also planning to help vendors raise bank loans to enable them to maintain a clean environment in the outlets,” Mr. Naidu said.

He inspected the outlets in areas such as Leelamahal circle, Jeevakona and Railway Colony.

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