The district health department has started a crackdown on unapproved and unhygienic slaughterhouses across the district. The department will soon carry out a ward-wise checking to keep tabs on such slaughterhouses.
The move is to ensure that all slaughterhouses function in a clean and hygienic environment to avoid the outbreak of diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea.
Dr Varinder Kalia, assistant health officer, said, “The number of slaughterhouses is on the rise. Temporary chicken shops are mushrooming around the city as the demand for non-vegetarian food has gone up with the approaching winter. We are on a high alert.”
“We carried out a raid recently and fined 45 shopkeepers and slaughterhouse owners in the city for selling unhygienic meat and not maintaining cleanliness. Most of the shopkeepers who were fined have given written undertaking that they will adhere to the food safety norms in future,” said Kalia.
The health department has received several complaints about the sale of unhygienic meat.