On 19 January 2018 abattoirs owners, butchers and other stakeholders involved in meat business in Kigali met with the ministry of agriculture and animal resources officials to discuss the current status and the needed changes in meat hygiene and compliance with available regulations.

As a consumer’s rights protection organization, ADECOR was also represented in this one day workshop on Meat trade and Hygiene in the City of Kigali organized by Minagri at HillTop Hotel.

In her opening remarks, the Director General of Rwanda Agriculture Livestock Inspection and Certification Services (RALIS) in Minagri said that meat plays an important role in the body but becomes dangerous when it lacks hygiene. “Meat dealers will not be allowed to compromise quality and hygiene standards which put people’s health at risk” she added.

 

Meat traders must comply with hygiene

On the other hand, ADECOR raised the concern of butcheries which do not meet hygiene standards including the mixing of different meats in one refrigerator (like a beef and a fish), or storing meats with other staffs that can harm its hygiene like nearer a hair cutting salon  or other foods retailer shops  . ADECOR asked that a regular inspection be carried out to verify whether refrigerators are calibrated and the way meats are transported. An emphasis should be put on raising awareness to bring to the attention of butcheries not only in Kigali but also countrywide to comply with meat trade regulations.

Butcheries which lack proper meat cutting machines and cold facilities to keep meat safe and those built near inappropriate places (nearer hair salons, dirty places etc...) among others were pleaded to change otherwise face closure. Note that only Nyabugogo and Kabuga butcheries are qualified to supply meat in Kigali.

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Consumer's Rights Workshop!

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Consumer's Rights Workshop!

Consumers are the largest economic group, affecting and affected by almost every public and private economic decision.