Police warns against illegal sell of meat

On 22 March 2020 at 03:00

The public have been called upon to adhere to legal and health standards for transporting and selling meat.

This comes after four people were arrested on Thursday in Gitega Sector, Nyarugenge District where they were vending meat.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, the Police spokesperson for the Central region, identified the suspects as Tabu Uwimana, 35, Epiphanie Nyirandikubwimana, 32, Francine Kayitesi, 33, and Shakila Uwineza, 33.

They were apprehended by members of night patrol commonly known as ‘Irondo ry’Umwuga.’

“They were found selling meat on streets. They get leftover meat from abattoirs in Nyabugogo, which they sell on streets. This is against the law on meat standards. This meat sold or bought on streets could be contaminated and toxic for consumption,” CIP Umutesi said.

Besides selling the meat illegally, they were transporting and vending them in buckets, which is contrary to the law.

CIP Umutesi urged all meat dealers to comply with set hygiene requirements to ensure safety of consumers as it involves people lives.

“Anyone in the meat value chain must comply with hygiene requirements to make profits without compromising consumers’ lives. Standards are clear on requirements for meat transport, trade and preservation to ensure the safety of consumers,” CIP Umutesi said.

The Ministerial Order n°013/11.30 of 18/11/2010 on transport and trade of meat, particularly article 2 stipulates that “…the transport of fresh chilled or frozen meat for food purpose shall be carried in such a manner to not be seen from outside. The meat shall be properly covered and protected against the sun, rain mud, dust, and flies.”

Article 3 of the same order states that the motor-vehicle transportation of fresh, chilled or frozen, non-packed meat shall use closed vans, separate from the driver, internally covered with galvanized brass or any other stainless material.