The Lagos State in the efforts towards addressing food safety in the state mandated major food vendors to submit a veterinary health certificate for ‘trade of meat’ to the government.
According to the Commissioner for Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal, he explained that inspecting veterinary personnel of the government would confirm through the certificates that the meat carcasses had been slaughtered under hygienic conditions.
Lawal noted that the policy was part of new strategies aimed at sanitizing the meat value chain in the state.
According to him, “The policy change was informed by reports about the terrible state of sanitary affairs at some abattoirs and the embarrassment this potentially holds for the image of the state, as well as confidence in the meat value chain.”
The commissioner explained that veterinary divisional heads had been mandated to identify meat vendors and issue letters of a notice on the need for them to change their meat supply protocol to reflect the new policy.
“It is our hope that strict adherence to this policy would drive slaughtering activities towards more hygienic facilities,” he said.