Gov’t seeks new measures to ensure meat safety
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CAIRO: After tons of spoiled meat were confiscated from butcheries across the country, the government is seeking to curb illegal practices by adopting controls on selling meat at markets.

Ibrahim Mahrous, the head of the General Authority for Veterinary Services, told Youm7 Tuesday that some 14 regulations will be implemented to prevent selling inedible meat.

The new procedures urge implementing the government’s previous decision to ban slaughtering outside regulated slaughterhouses. The means of enforcement, however, have not been detailed, and many butchers violate the long-standing law.

Besides laws, the government had bids to reduce slaughtering on streets especially during Eid al-Adha (Muslim’s feast of sacrifice.) Last year, Cairo imposed a fine of 5,000 EGP ($638) on the practice, while Giza announced to provide for free.

The new regulations also aim to carry out inspection campaigns at veterinary directorates across governorates.

Establishing new government-run automated slaughterhouses and facilitating services’ procedures are also among the measures.

In addition to monitoring the transportation of meat, Mahrous said that the new regulations aim to encourage youths and owners of selling shops to buy equipped vehicles to transfer the meat from the slaughterhouses.

Hundreds of tons of meat invalid for human consumption have been seized at butcheries and markets as part of crackdowns by the supply police over the past months.

Last month, the inspection department at the Veterinary Medicine Authority in Giza announced the seizure of 18,360 kg of spoiled meat at shops and slaughterhouses in the governorate.

The confiscations come amid meat rising prices and a reduction of meat imports due to continuing depreciation of the Egyptian pound.

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