Stop using harmful chemicals to process meat – Minister

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By
Stephen Asante, GNA

Kumasi, Dec. 11, GNA
– Ghanaian butchers should stop the use of harmful chemicals in meat processing
forthwith, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Sanitation and Water
Resources, has advised.

The use of car tyres
in singeing meat, among other harmful meat processing practices, according to
the Minister, was deadly, because it posed health hazards to those who consumed
such contaminated end products.

“The
cancer-causing effects associated with the consumption of these unwholesome
products, is unimaginable,” she said.

Madam Dapaah, who
was interacting with officials of the Kumasi Abattoir Company Limited, during
her tour of the facility, also cautioned meat sellers not to sell uncertified
meat to the public.

The tour formed part
of a three-day working visit by the Minister to the Ashanti Region.

The Company
slaughters on the average 200 cattle per day.

Madam Dapaah said
that the visit was to allow her to be abreast of the operations of the Company,
especially how they managed their waste.

She observed that
substantial number of Ghanaians consumed meat, therefore, such products ought
to be kept wholesome always.

The Minister asked
that authorities of the Company should consider recycling blood from the
animals they slaughtered into biogas.

She said it would
help reduce the rate at which such blood was disposed and the attendant health
and environmental consequences.

GNA

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