Illegal meat trade, fish adulteration pose threat to public as officials avoid inspections

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Alappuzha: There has been no inspection in Kayamkulam even after several instances of fish adulteration were reported here. Kayamkulam, a bustling city in Alappuzha district, sees many vehicles arriving with fish every day and rampant sales of fish and meat.

No inspection is being carried out at the butcher shops in Kayamkulam either. Earlier, the butcher shop under the Kayamkulam municipality had the service of a veterinarian. The doctor would inspect each animal at the butcher shops before slaughering it. The meat would also be marked with the municipality’s seal and only this meat was allowed for sale. Now, there are no restrictions in the sale. Hence, anyone can sell whatever they want as meat.

Illegal meat trade has also been reported in various parts of the city in recent days.

Many people are selling meat without having a proper license. Fish are brought to three parts in the city from other states. Most of the sales of adulterated fish brought from other states are through these illegal fish centers. It is alleged that around 18 such illegal meat centers are operating in the city.

Kayamkulam has been witnessing large scale sales of fish and meat. Last day, people reported on sale of adulterated mackerels here.

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