Hyderabad: A new set of regulations to ensure the safety of meat consumers in Telangana has been prepared by the Telangana chapter of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
The new guidelines stipulates that the height of the meat shops must be at least 3 metre and within the radius of 50 metre of any place of worship there should not be any meat shop.
These guidelines are in accordance with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
According to the news reported in Telangana Today, P. chandrashekhar, the Assistant food controller said that “Butchers should possess valid medical certificates, since diseases passed on by them through meat shops is a common malaise. The butcher should not indulge in any kind of gutkha, paan or tobacco consumption. Also, proper ventilation windows and exhaust fans must be set up in all meat shops. The meat shop owner must ensure that only stainless steel utensils are used for slaughter of animals and cutting of meat, and also that glass or mesh partitions keep the meat away from roadside pollution.”
The Assistant food controller also added that there should be supply of potable water in the meat shops and the use of fresh drinking water to clean the meat shop floor. Also the floor should be made of impervious concrete material for easy cleaning.