After spurious drugs, it is ‘spurious’ meat

‘Meat Consumed In Kashmir Unhygienic, Contains Microbial Contamination’

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Apr 30: While Kashmir is yet to come out of the shock of supply of spurious drugs to hospitals, another revelation has come to fore that meat consumed in the Valley is unhygienic and contains microbial contamination.
 Information collected by Greater Kashmir from different parts of Kashmir has revealed how people consume tonnes of substandard meat without any check by the authorities.
 Sources said most of the animals are slaughtered in open grounds and washrooms in unhygienic conditions. “Animals are slaughtered in traditional ways in open grounds without further processing or dressing on the floor/rails which are mostly unhygienic. Carcasses are exposed to heavy contamination from dung and soil. Ultimately the quality of meat produced is unhygienic and carries high levels of microbial contamination,” they said.
 Sources said it is not only the problem at slaughtering level but C-grade meat is supplied from different states of India to Kashmir.
 “No one checks the quality of the animals sent to the Valley. Most of them are already suffering from diseases and they are carried in very unhygienic conditions. Scores of them are herd together in trucks. Their glycogen level comes down and the quality of meat subsequently dips. Ultimately it affects the health of consumers,” said an official, well-versed with the issue.
 Pertinently there is not a single animal slaughtering house even as the consumption of meat in Kashmir, as per the government estimates, is 25388000-kg annually—amounting to Rs 761 crores.
 In June 2012, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) had opened a slaughter house at Rainawari here which was constructed at a cost of Rs 10 lakh. The SMC authorities had claimed that the opening of the “modern abattoir” would not only provide clean meat/mutton to the locals but to a large extent reduce the quantity of animal waste.
 “Only 40 to 50 animals can be slaughtered in the abattoir. Other butchers/ mutton dealers have no option than to slaughter the animals at their places of choice. Moreover how can a person from Chanapora go for slaughtering animals at Rainawari? The Government should come up with slaughter houses in every area. It is not only about the Srinagar city but people in rural areas will be continuously supplied substandard meat till slaughter houses don’t come up,” an official said.  
 Veterinary expert and Municipal Veterinary Officer, Javaid Ahmed Rather told Greater Kashmir that in absence of slaughtering houses, there is no control on slaughtering of animals.
 “Obviously meat will be unhygienic. The animals are slaughtered in unhygienic places where cross contamination is possible.  Cross contamination may be harmful for health.  There are innumerable diseases which can be spread in human beings,” he said.
 When contacted, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shalinder Kumar said: “I would not say they are unhygienic. The quality of meat, favour, aroma, tenderness is determined by the age of the animal. Now the question is whether the proper age animals are supplied or not.  At Lower Munda and Pantha Chowk, animals are checked. I have called a meeting on the issue.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 1 May 2013 00:00:00 IST




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