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Substandard meat seized in Jammu, Rs 28,000 fine imposed on sellers

On the directions of Commissioner, JMC, Avny Lavasa, Municipal Veterinary Officer, Dr. Sushil Kumar Sharma along with other team members of JMC conducted a surprise drive in different areas of Jammu City to ensure the sale of wholesome and good quality meat and meat by products to the consumers. The surprise drive started from CPO chowk, and covered Amphalla, Janipur, Paloura Talab, Bantalab areas etc.

During the drive, various meat shops, chicken shops & fish mongers were inspected and about 35 Kg of substandard meat was seized and later on disposed of properly along with a fine to the tune of Rs. 28000/- was also imposed to the meat sellers for selling unstamped & substandard meat.

Notices have already been served to various meat shops owners to install black colour glasses in their shops and do not hang the meat outside their shops. Meat & chicken shop owners were instructed to keep separate bins with black polythene to collect the daily waste generated on account of refused/inedible meat & chicken parts for further proper disposal through JMC vehicles.

Municipal Veterinary Officer has appealed to all the shopkeepers dealing with meat/chicken products to maintain hygienic environment in and around their shops and sale only stamped meat, also adhere with the directions & guidelines issued by the JMC from time to time so that good quality of meat shall reach to the consumers. It was also impressed upon all the meat sellers/handlers to ensure personal hygiene like wearing Masks, head caps, aprons and gloves and frequent using of hand sanitizers. He said that such surprise drives will be conducted on regular basis and strict action which may include sealing of shops shall be initiated against the defaulters.

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