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Raising awareness of zoonotic diseases to ensure safe meat

Raising awareness of zoonotic diseases to ensure safe meat


Insanitary conditions in abattoirs and unsafe sale of meat for human consumption in markets is a major issue of concern in Ghana. In order to improve the safety of meat industry in the country, FAO’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in Ghana has trained more than 50 governmental meat inspectors and butchers/meat cutters on zoonotic disease recognition to ensure wholesome supply of meat, which could save thousands of lives through preventing the spread of infection.

Training reviewed best practices in ante-mortem and post-mortem examination at the slaughterhouse. Participants also received practical training on meat handling and hygiene as well as zoonotic disease recognition both at abattoirs and in livestock markets.

In Kumasi abattoir, with 140 staff, more than 300 cattle are slaughtered daily. If meat inspectors and butchers continue to cooperate, consumers will be protected from diseases such as tuberculosis, which is most commonly found in cattle. This training programme will help to ensure that animals are slaughtered in hygienic places to produce wholesome and quality meat for the public.

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