Anthrax Outbreak: Kumasi Abattoir sets surveillance committee on meat products

The management of Abattoir Company Limited is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of meat products following a reported case of Anthrax in the Region.

A committee has been formed with the mandate to provide surveillance and ensure that livestock imported into the region is free from disease and safe for consumption.

Mr Ibrahim Wahab Tikuma, the Chief Butcher of the abattoir, emphasized the importance of these measures in ensuring that meat products from the facility are wholesome and safe for public consumption.

He stated that the formation of the committee has further strengthened their quality assurance mechanisms, which have always been a priority for the abattoir.

Speaking ahead of the Eid-ul-Adha celebrations, Mr Tikuma assured the public that the Kumasi abattoir remains the safest place for Muslims to purchase livestock for the festive occasion. He highlighted the efforts being made to ensure that animals brought to the abattoir are free from any form of disease.

However, Mr Tikuma noted that patronage this year seems lower compared to previous years due to high prices driven by low and currency depreciation.

He called on the government to provide incentives to promote local livestock production and reduce reliance on imports.

Dr Ernest Boateng, the Head of Public Health and a Veterinary Officer at the Kumasi Abattoir stated that no cases of Anthrax have been recorded in the .

He urged the public to disregard speculations and assured them that strict measures have been implemented to protect public health. Every livestock entering the premises of the abattoir undergoes proper screening.

Mr Michael Tongban, the Production Manager at the Kumasi Abattoir, reassured consumers that meat from the facility is safe for consumption.

He emphasized that rigorous tests are conducted before the meat is sent to various markets, ensuring its quality and safety.

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