The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, on Wednesday warned operators of abattoirs in the state against unsanitary practices that could endanger the lives of meat consumers.
Bello spoke during a one day workshop themed, ‘Environmental and health implications of unsanitary abattoir operation,’ organised for abattoir operators in Lagos.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Belinda Odeneye, maintained that slaughter houses must be approved by the regulatory authorities for hygienic slaughtering of animals, including processing and distribution of meat products for human consumption.
“Due to rapid increase in the demand of meat, slaughter houses are springing up in every nook and cranny of the state to meet the needs of the people, thereby raising a lot of operational problems and issues,” he added.
Bello said the workshop was to improve the hygiene status of abattoirs across the state and prevent continuous pollution of the environment from both solid and liquid waste.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, asked the operators to desist from burning cow hide with disused tyres, saying such could have carcinogenic effects.