The Lagos State Government has unfolded strategies aimed at sanitising the red meat value chain in the state.
Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, made the disclosure when he met with executives of the butchers association in the state.
Lawal said the meeting was to solicit their cooperation and support for the success of the reforms in the red meat value chain.
He listed some of the strategies to include the linking of approved slaughter houses and abattoirs to the markets being supplied through the EKO refrigerated meat vans.
He added that abattoirs supplying various markets would be identified and classified in order to link the butchers with the markets using a color tag/code.
He said that butchers in the state would henceforth be issued veterinary meat hygiene certificate for health and wholesomeness after inspection of carcass by veterinary officers.
Lawal also said that sanitising the red meat sector would help promote the value chain by providing wholesome and hygienically processed beef for the populace.
He said it was also twould boost beef processing to international standards in order to facilitate export opportunities and foreign investment into the value chain.
The commissioner said the issuance of veterinary meat hygiene certificate for health and wholesomeness was compulsory and backed by Schedules 4 and 5 Cap M3 Meat Inspection Laws of Lagos State.
He added that no butcher or meat vendor would be able to sell without the certificate in the state.