KATHMANDU, Oct 5: Monitoring of meat shops has been stepped up to ensure that people residing in the metropolis get quality meat during the upcoming festive seasons.
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) said it has deployed health officials and the KMC police to inspect butcher shops in the capital.
A team of health officials working at the metropolis and the police recently reached Thankot in the midnight to inspect animals and chickens being brought to the capital. “Acting on the information that dead animals were being imported to Kathmandu, we reached there at 2 in the morning,” Dr Baburam Gautam, the chief of KMC health department.
“We got information that meat traders are buying dead chickens along with the live ones. Some chickens that die on the way while being imported to capital are also brought.” he added.
However, the team could not catch the vehicles carrying chickens because by the time it reached Thankot, the vehicles had already returned.
He said that dead chickens cost half the price live ones fetch.
The metropolis also suspects that traders are bringing in sick animals like goats, buffalos and pigs in the capital for meat.
Meanwhile, the office has also decided to ban selling of meat in the open during Dashain.
The KMC´s inspectors have monitored butcher shops operating at Bhedasingh, Shorakhutte, Samakhushi, Kapurdhara, Balaju, Baipass, Machhapokhari, Shivatar, Manamaiju, Thankot of metropolis and cautioned the traders to sell only hygienic meat. The office has warned of stern actions against anybody found engaging in malpractices in the meat business.