‘BE CAUTIOUS OF THE MEAT YOU EAT’

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‘BE CAUTIOUS OF THE MEAT YOU EAT’
‘BE CAUTIOUS OF THE MEAT YOU EAT’

Africa-Press – Eswatini. About 40 environmental health officers and public health inspectors were trained on the importance of meat inspection in order to protect consumers and handlers from eating harmful products.

The Pig Industry Enhancement Project (PIEP) under the Taiwan ICDF in collaboration with the ministry of agriculture and Centre for Financial Inclusion (CFI) hosted the meat inspection workshop at Esibayeni Lodge for three days.

Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Xolani Dlamini said meat inspection was a systematic examination of meat for all kinds of livestock carcasses which can only be done by an authorised person.

In the process of inspection, he said the carcass could either pass or fail due to the results observed by the meat inspector.

Making his opening remarks, Dr. Dlamini emphasised that not everyone was eligible to conduct meat inspection, but, only those authorised to do so.

“We should be cautious of the meat we consume on daily basis.

The workshop is aimed at producing effective not efficient meat inspectors,” he said.

Facilitator, Zwide Ndwandwe touched on numerous areas such as principles of meat inspection, techniques of meat inspection, pathology and conditions, requirements for the inspectorate cadre, and ante-mortem inspection, to name a few.

He emphasised that it was important to eliminate (burn) any condemned carcass to avoid the spread of diseases.

Ndwandwe added that animals with parasite infections may transmit zoonotic parasites to humans and contaminate the environment with eggs from their faeces, which he said was a hazard to humans and the environment.

The meat inspectors were urged to always do the right thing and faithfully do their duties in order to protect the environment, people and animals.

Meanwhile, Dlamini also gave the environmental health officers a chance to discuss the meat inspection subject, and answer a quiz to test their knowledge as the workshop continued.

“The meat inspection workshop is hoping to help the meat inspection process in Eswatini to reduce the risks that arise from eating uninspected meat,” he added.

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