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Posted at: Feb 9, 2015, 12:25 AM; last updated: Feb 8, 2015, 10:43 PM (IST)UNHYGIENIC CONDITION IN PRIVATE SLAUGHTERHOUSE

Role of animal husbandry, food safety, MC officials under scanner

Role of animal husbandry, food safety, MC officials under scanner

Dead chickens recovered by the joint inspection team from a Shoghi-based private slaughterhouse recently. A Tribune photo

Kuldeep Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 8

The role of officials of the Animal Husbandry Department, Food Safety Standard (FSS) and Municipal Corporation (MC) is under the scanner for giving a free run to a Shoghi-based private slaughterhouse. Two recent joint inspections during the bird flu scare has exposed that the slaughterhouse is not being run as per FSS norms as reports have pointed out blatant shortcomings there.

The six-member team’s report of the slaughterhouse, run by the Goels Food World, Shoghi, which is with The Tribune, revealed that the slaughterhouse was compromising on health and hygiene as 20-30 dead birds were lying on the dirty floor. Also, the slaughterhouse had no rendering facility.

Besides, the staff used no protecting gears and thhe effluent treatment facility was non-functional. It had no veterinarian to conduct the ante-mortem and post-mortem of the birds and cull the dead or unfit birds, the inspection revealed. Though the slaughterhouse was being run since 2006, the unit was registered as a food technology unit.

The inspection was carried out on August 6, 2014, and followed by another inspection on December 27, which found similar shortcomings.

The report also exposed the paperwork being done by the government agencies. The six-member team included officials from the Animal Husbandry Department, MC, veterinary officers, Pollution Control Board, but no official from the Directorate of Health and the FSS was involved.

Neither the MC-run slaughterhouse here nor the private slaughterhouse was quarantined for bird flu, as mandated under the FSS rules and WHO norms for bird and swine flus, revealed health experts.

The Municipal Commissioner, Shimla, said they had issued a notice to the private operator to stop the unethical practice of selling uncertified meat in the municipal limits after the joint inspection report pointed out the shortcomings at the slaughterhouse. “We have set up a modern slaughterhouse and monitor it daily but we cannot check the private one directly as it falls outside the limits of the corporation,” he added.

The operator of the private slaughterhouse had procured a health certificate signed by a veterinary doctor, Dr Ashish H Deogade, on December 30, 2014. It stated that 4,076 birds were fit for human consumption, though it was mandatory that the certificate is issued on a day-to-day basis by the government agency, as per a recent direction of the apex court on slaughterhouses, claimed veterinary experts.

Dr KS Pathania, Director, Animal Husbandry, said he was not aware as to who had authorised the private veterinarian to issue health certificate and the matter should be probed. But the department had asked the Goels Food World to employ full-time veterinarian registered with the veterinary council of HP and improve hygiene. However, it has got no response from the owner so far, he added.

When Naveen Goel, who runs the private unit, was quizzed about the condition of the slaughterhouse, he claimed that they had a full-time veterinarian and supplied healthy meat. “We are adding an AC van for supply, an effluent treatment plant and are improving shortcomings pointed out in the inspection,” he added.


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