At least nine butcheries have been shutdown in the city by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) along with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) officials for using chemicals including formalin to preserve meat.
It was established that formalin is majorly used in morturies to preserve dead bodies.
That dangerous chemical keeps away fries and other insects from contaminating meat.
The operation mainly affected areas of Kalerwe and Ntinda suburbs.
KCCA Supervisor of Animal Production Dr. Emilian Ahimbisibwe told the press these meat selling points had defied health and quality guidelines issued by the authorities.
Ahimbisibwe maintained the crackdown is on going until butcherers meet the required standards.
“The operation is a fact-finding mission and to check the
compliance of butcheries with the required public health standarda,” KCCA posted on it’s Twitter page.
The joint operation between KCCA and UNBS on butcheries across the city was aimed at checking the hygienic state of the meat and the butchers, structural standards of the butcheries and investigating meat preservation mechanisms.
In the past KCCA indicated that meat in many Kampala places is unsafe having closed supermarkets including
Shoprite for selling rotten meat.