Butchers selling unhygienic meat in twin cities
30 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Butchers in the twin cities are selling unhygienic meat and the practice is going on with an absolute impunity.
The consumers alleged that most of the butchers injected water into the slaughtered animals' arteries to increase their weight.
"The butchers have virtually turned their shops into slaughterhouses in connivance with the authorities concerned. The hygienic conditions at these shops are very poor," said Ayan Sadiq, a government employee.
The quality of meat at most of the shops was poor, as the butchers slaughtered unhealthy animals, said Anosha Ali, a housewife.
Kashif Tahir, a resident of 6th Road, said the butchers hung the meat outside their shops throughout the day and because of this it became contaminated.
It was learnt that influential butchers slaughtered the animals in their houses without fulfilling the legal and hygienic requirements.
Dr Sharif Astoori, a physician at the Polyclinic, said the meat available in the markets was infected with a number of deadly bacteria and was unfit for human consumption.
It was causing dangerous diseases like typhoid, pneumonia, urinary tract infection and haemorrhagic colitis, he added. People from different walks of life have called upon the local administration and health authorities to take action against the stale meat sellers.
A Directorate of Health Services (DHS) official said the authorities would not allow anybody to play with the health of people.
He said special teams had been constituted to monitor the sale points and fine those found selling food and beverages in unhygienic conditions.