IT was reported in the 'Sunday News' that some of the meat sold to consumers in Dar es Salaam is dangerous to human health.
A reporter discovered that a lot of uninspected meat is sold in unofficial open markets in the city. All meat meant for human consumption must be inspected by competent veterinary officers and declared fit or condemned for destruction.
The writer also discovered that most of the meat at formal abattoirs is not inspected at all. Consumption of high-risk, un-inspected meat is often the source of numerous health complications including the now common typhoid fever which is a fast killer.
Meat prepared in unhygienic conditions can also cause cholera, another fast killer. Consumers of cheap meat sold in filthy open markets should know that such meat can cause illnesses such as salmonella, diabetes, obesity, a range of heart disorders, a variety of cancers, mad cow disease, an array of worms and E. Coli, just to mention a few.
It has also been determined that the un-inspected meat is sold by devil-may-care business people who do not even bother to use scales to weigh the meat. Many of them simply cut a chunk, balance it in the hand and mouth its price with an air of authority.
These greedy traders have, unfortunately, won the hearts of poor consumers who assume that this is a more generous way of selling meat. What they do not know is that some of the meat comes from carcasses of animals that died of starvation or disease.
The other sorry spectacle is that even the meat of cattle slaughtered in abattoirs at Mazizini or Vingunguti is inspected haphazardly by so-called veterinary officers. These officers move around rubber-stamping meat instead of doing thorough inspection.
The main problem here is that the officers are too few. But some are corrupt. Two or three inspectors find it difficult to make a keen veterinarian probe at all the meat after the slaughter of 300 bulls, 250 goats and 50 sheep. But the animal doctors rarely complain!
It would be remiss on our part not to mention here that by letting consumers eat un-inspected meat the veterinary doctors commit a heinous atrocity. Instead of saving consumers from killer diseases, they knowingly allow the diseases to escalate.
Sellers of un-inspected meat commit equally nefarious crimes with stone-hard insensitivity to the welfare of their customers. This wanton behaviour smacks of greed for super profits. This can only happen in a rabid world where one man dies to nourish another. The State should sit up and take notice. The rot must be stemmed now. These devil-may-care veterinarians and butchers should pay a price for their folly.