Avoid engaging butchers at home: DM

DUBAI — The Dubai Municipality (DM) has warned the public on the dangers of relying on roaming butchers and slaughtering sacrificial animals at home.

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Published: Tue 16 Nov 2010, 12:40 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:00 PM

“Due to the presence of some diseases common to man and animal, it is better to test the sacrificial animals before slaughter, to ensure safety,” Ahmed Al Shammari, Head of Abattoirs Section, said in a statement issued on Sunday.

“Fresh meat will quickly get contaminated as the roaming butchers do not take care of cleanliness of the tools and do not comply with the requirements of public health,” he said.

He stressed the need to slaughter in the Municipality abattoir, pointing out that the role of the veterinary doctor is essential in the technical services of the abattoir to ensure meat safety and suitability for human consumption.

The Head of Veterinary Services Section in the Municipality said the veterinary quarantines have been readied and veterinarians are all set for testing animals to be slaughtered.

Meanwhile, the Animal Products Control Section of the Food Control Department of is organizing campaigns at all the butcheries in Dubai to curb animal slaughter outside the Abattoirs of the Municipality.

Al Shammari said the Dubai Abattoirs were well equipped to receive the Eid al-Adha and completed all the preparations and procedures as well as the necessary maintenance for the entire slaughtering operations to accommodate the maximum possible sacrifices during Eid.

As the first day of Eid is expected to be the busiest, he requested the public to proceed to the abattoir of their area since there are three main abattoirs in Dubai, each of which serves specific areas.— news@khaleejtimes.com

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