The Food Safety and Drugs Administration (FSDA) has issued an operational licence to 43 meat shops in the district. Officials said the move is to ensure availability of hygienic meat for consumers in Noida and Greater Noida.
According to Gautam Budh Nagar district administration, all meat shops in Noida and Greater Noida were being run illegally. After chief minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the closure of illegal meat shops and slaughterhouses, most of these shops in the two cities were shut as they did not adhere to the requisite operational conditions.
“After receiving applications from meat shop owners, we have issued a fresh licence to 43 persons, who are running shops selling mutton, chicken, fish and buffalo meat. We issued a fresh licence upon receiving an application for the same. However, we have not issued any licence to a slaughterhouse. The state government will issue permission to slaughterhouses,” said Mahendra Srivastava, designated officer for FSDA, Gautam Budh Nagar.
FSDA is the licensing authority for selling meat in the district.
Officials said the 43 shops that were issued licence will not be allowed to slaughter animals on its premises. “They will procure mutton, chicken or fish from certified wholesale markets and sell the same at their shops,” said Srivastava.
To stop the illegal sale of meat and slaughter of birds and animals in the open, the department has started conducting random inspections in markets, residential and industrial areas of Noida and Greater Noida.
“Two food inspectors and I conduct random inspections to take action against illegal shops selling unhygienic meat. We recently shut down a shop in Sector 4 market that was selling chicken and fish illegally. We also conducted a random inspection on Sunday to enforce the ban,” Srivastava said.
Officials of the district administration said that around 80 meat shops operating in Noida’s sectors 5, 8, 9 and 70, in Noida were shut because they were not following the norms.