PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Food Safety Authority, Livestock Department, the Local Council Board has prepared guidelines for slaughters houses with the support of United Nations Industrial Development Organization on Thursday.
The guidelines were unveiled at a function in Peshawar titled “Meat Value Chain”. The KP foods safety authority said the guidelines – prepared in consultation with concerned departments – have been issued to ensure access to safe and quality meat from the slaughterhouses to the citizens.
The event was organised by the United Nations agency UNIDO with financial support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to get the input of people associated with the meat business on the guidelines.
Under the guidelines, the concerned authorities will train people associated with slaughter houses and meat shops as well as provide them with suggestions for further improvement of their business. Information regarding SOPs [Standard Operating Procedures] will also be providing during the inspection of meat shops.
Addressing the function, Director Technical KP Food Safety Authority Dr Abdul Sattar Shah highlighted the challenges faced by people associate with the meat business. Dr Shah said that the implementation of hygiene principles and further improvement in infrastructure would enable public to get safe and quality meat. “The guidelines would identify the shortcomings and would help in setting up modern slaughter houses. It would enable slaughter houses to get access to the local markets as well as the international markets.”
Last week in in October, the UNIDO has said that in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa an estimated Rs1.5 billion is spent annually on the treatment of patients due to consumption of unhygienic meat. The reports said that there are 39 slaughterhouses in the province but none of them meet the international standards