Egypt raises the the degree of preparedness in all slaughterhouses across Egypt ahead of Eid al-Adha-Karim Abdel Aziz/August 12
Egypt raises the the degree of preparedness in all slaughterhouses across Egypt ahead of Eid al-Adha-Karim Abdel Aziz/August 12

Sellers of spoiled meat punished with 3 years in prison

Mon, Aug. 20, 2018
CAIRO – 20 August 2018: As millions of Muslims in Egypt sharpen their knives to slaughter Eid El-Adha sacrifices, Egypt Today sheds light on the punishment of selling spoiled meat to Egyptians.

Lawyer and legal expert Abdul Rahman Anani told Egypt Today that those who sell spoiled meat to the citizens will be charged with commercial fraud after a tripartite committee of the Ministry of Health checks the meat and prepares a report proving that it is non-usable.

He added that the accused are referred to the Court of Misdemeanors and punished with three years in prison and a fine of LE 10,000.

The government raises the degree of preparedness in all slaughterhouses across Egypt ahead of Eid El-Adha, providing them with veterinarians and cleaning tools to maintain meat safety.

The Ministry of Agriculture formed operation rooms at Egypt’s Veterinary Medicine Directorates to receive the complaints of citizens and intensify its monitoring of veterinary campaigns to the markets of cattle, sheep and goats.

The head of the Central Administration of Public Health and Veterinary Services at the Ministry of Agriculture, Hassan al-Jawini, told Egypt Today that slaughtering services will be available for free at the government’s slaughterhouses to prevent slaughtering in streets andmaintain public health.

In the same context, Head of the Central Administration for Veterinary Quarantines Ahmed Abdel Karim said that several veterinary committees with experienced vets are supervising the live animal imports for Eid El-Adha.

Cairo governorate has warned against the slaughter of Eid El-Adha sacrifices in the streets of the capital, in order to preserve the cleanliness of the streets and the aesthetic appearance and those who violate the law will pay a fine of LE 5,000.

The members of the local administrative committee in the House of Representatives were divided over the decision of the governor of Cairo to ban the slaughter of sacrifices in the streets and in front of the shops, with the need to commit a fine of LE 5,000 to the violators, while some saw the decision as correct, others felt it was impossible to implement.

For his part, Parliamentarian Mohamed al-Damti said that the decision is not applicable in view of the difficulty of censorship, adding that the decision requires awareness campaigns in the media as it is included under the category of community behavior.

“It is a positive decision, no doubt. It also protects the health of citizens from diseases and epidemics caused by mixing blood and bones with garbage," Parliamentarian Mamdouh al-Husseni said.

Husseni also said that most of the sacrifices that are slaughtered in the streets are not subject to medical supervision; no one knows whether the sacrifice is healthy or diseased. He pointed out that “Salkhana” (the place allocated by the government for slaughter) is subject to strict medical supervision.

He stressed the need to launch awareness campaigns to improve the culture of the sacrificial ceremony, pointing out that this phenomenon should be prevented in all the governorates not only Cairo. He added that most Gulf countries prevent citizens from slaughtering animals in the streets.
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