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'Beware of uninspected meat'

11 June 2013, 14:23 Oduor Omondi

Nyando District Public Health department has warned meat consumers to watch out for those selling uninspected meat to make quick bucks while putting their lives at risk of contracting deadly diseases.

The revelation came to the fore on Monday, after Nyando Divisional Public Health Officer Paul Owiti and his colleague Odhiambo Akech intercepted 200Kgs of meat suspected to have been stolen and slaughtered in a local hideout to evade arrest.

Owiti and Akech said they suspected the huge amount of meat was destined for Kisumu city and it was by sheer good luck that they stumbled on it following a tip off by concerned members of the public.

The duo warned that cattle diseases such as Anthrax are common in the area and so the insistence by the Government that all animals should be slaughtered in designated places and if done elsewhere, a Public Health Officer should inspect it first.

Owiti confided that the suspect nabbed during the operation while in possession of the 200Kgs of meat will be charged in court.

“We will not sit back and watch the lives of local residents put at risk but while we commend them for giving us the hint, they must always keep vigil to ensure such unscrupulous business people are consigned to jail,” Owiti stated.

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