FSSAI to take Action Against illegal Meat Shops
Shambhavi Sharma / 2021-05-10 10:25:29

Many Indians are used to consuming non-vegetarian food on a regular basis. Non-vegetarian cuisine is actually very common in Uttar Pradesh. Many domestic and foreign visitors flock to the state's numerous cities to sample the delectable non-vegetarian cuisine. However, before it was brought to our notice, none of us realised how the animals were housed and butchered in the slaughterhouses was unimaginable. Animal mistreatment and poor hygiene were normal occurrences. However, since the change of government, many changes have occurred.
Action Against Meat Shops 
  • The AWBI was alerted to a study by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) that detailed the appalling conditions under which chicken and goats are treated before being slaughtered in illegal meat markets.
  • S K Dutta, the secretary of the AWBI, has instructed the FSSAI to take action against offenders (illegal meat shops) in accordance with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which specifies how the process and conduct of animal slaughter should be performed in a manner that is least cruel and avoids unnecessary pain or suffering.
  • Chennai, Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Indore were among the cities where FIAPO conducted investigations. Delhi was the worst offender out of the seven cities surveyed, followed by Bhubaneshwar, Bangalore, and Kolkata.
Rules for Meat Shops
  • Both slaughterhouses and butcher shops that have been working illegally for many years have been ordered to close their doors immediately under the new legislation. To reopen their company, they would need to obtain the necessary licences and follow the FSSAI's guidelines (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India).
  • Anyone found working without the required permits and instructions could face legal consequences. If you own or operate a meat or fish shop in India, you can get an FSSAI licence.
  • Anyone found working without the required permits and instructions could face legal consequences. If you own or operate a meat or fish shop in India, you can get an FSSAI licence.
According to the FSSAI, all meat shops and slaughterhouses must follow the following guidelines:
  • To operate a meat or slaughter shop, all shops must apply for FSSAI registration.
  • They must follow all of the laws and regulations set out by the authority.
  • They must uphold animal health in order to achieve proper hygiene.
  • Goats, cattle, pigs, bovine, poultry, and fish are the only animals that can be slaughtered. Any other species that isn't one of these is considered illegal to kill.
  • During the transportation of livestock, proper animal care must be ensured.
  • Current shop infrastructure must be upgraded to maintain hygiene standards. As a result, all roadside meat shops must close their doors.
Running Meat Shops and Slaughterhouses with an FSSAI Lincense
In the current situation, all meat shops operate under the authority of civic authorities. However, under new rules, all state food commissioners and city body secretaries must grant or renew licences to all of these businesses. Meat markets will no longer be allowed to operate unless they registered with the Centre or obtained a required licence.
Maintaining Meat as per FSSAI Standards 
When it comes to meat storage and handling, the FSSAI has set out certain guidelines that must be followed.  Such as-
  • Fresh meat should be kept at a temperature of 0 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit, while frozen meat should be kept at -18 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
  • Meat items must be stored with proper labelling and segregation in order to keep the temperature under control during storage.
  • Non-toxic materials can be used to make the storage containers.
  • A sufficient supply of water must be available, as well as a facility for safe and clean water storage.

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