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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Nakuru butchery closed down for dirty beef

A butchery in Nakuru county situated at Kenlands Estate has been shut down by the county authorities for allegedly selling infected meat to residents leading to the death of four people and the hospitalisation of six others.
Public health officers led by the county secretary Joseph Motari and the county executive for health Muigai Kabii stopped the operation of the butchery after reports emerged that its owners had sold meat suspected to have been from a cow which had died under mysterious circumstances.
Muigai said that the premises will remain closed until investigations are complete and the culprits who are on the run arrested.
Muigai cautioned residents against buying or taking meat from unknown vendors and sources saying that this might pose heath hazard to their lives.
On his part, the county secretary said Nakuru county government will follow up on the matter and other related cases to safeguard people’s health and stem out cases of meat vendors endangering the lives of citizens.
It was alleged that the owner of the butchery had bought the carcass from a farmer in the town’s Rhonda slum area on pretext of taking the remains to his dogs.
The butchery owner is later said to have instructed his unsuspecting butchery workers to prepare soup and ‘muturas’ from the meat that unfortunately led to the death of the four people who had bought and consumed the same including a worker at the butchery.
Meanwhile, in a related incident, the county public health officers seized over ten kilogrammes of meat unfit for human consumption.
Acting on a tipoff, the officers led by the county public health officer, Samuel King’ori, raided a shop within the CBD which sell meat products and found uninspected beef stored in a deep freezer.
Traders at Bellion House where the meat was seized had a difficult time attending to their customers due to a foul smell from the butchery.