Butch­ery own­ers sen­si­tised on Pub­lic Health Act

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By JOHN KOMBE

CHONGWE mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the dis­trict health of­fice has em­barked on a pub­lic health com­pli­ance sen­si­ti­sa­tion drive of busi­ness houses to en­force the Pub­lic Health Act.

The first group to be hosted were butch­ery own­ers who were sen­si­tized on abat­toir, trans­porta­tion of an­i­mals and meat prod­ucts reg­u­la­tions dur­ing a meet­ing at the coun­cil.

The butch­ery own­ers from Chongwe CBD were en­gaged on the im­por­tance of pub­lic health com­pli­ance.

Coun­cil health in­spec­tor Haswell Hakooma ad­vised the butch­ery own­ers to avoid trad­ing in unin­spected meat.

“We will not con­done any butch­ery sell­ing unin­spected meat to the pub­lic. Meat and meat prod­ucts must be in­spected be­fore trad­ing. These prod­ucts if not in­spected pose a health risk to the pub­lic and any trader found want­ing will face the law.

“The en­vi­ron­ment in and out­side the butcheries must also be clean. This would help to main­tain high hy­giene stan­dards. Clean sur­round­ings are key in pre­ven­tion of dis­ease out­breaks.

“We must act now and not wait for an out­break,” Mr Hakooma said. And Mi­tolo Si­a­muntu, a health in­spec­tor from the dis­trict health of­fice, ad­vised butch­ery own­ers to have their per­son­nel med­i­cally ex­am­ined.

“All food han­dlers in the butcheries must be med­i­cally ex­am­ined and cer­ti­fied. This is one way we can en­hance food safety in the butcheries. This is a le­gal re­quire­ment and must be ad­hered to. All those found want­ing will be pros­e­cuted.

We would like to ad­vise that our role as health in­spec­tors is not to shut down your busi­nesses, but to help you up­hold high stan­dards of food safety. This would ul­ti­mately at­tract cus­tomers to your busi­nesses,” she said.

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