Government through the Directorate of Veterinary Services warns over the safety of chicken meat being consumed in Nairobi estates and major towns countrywide.
Directorate of Veterinary Services Obadiah Njagi stated in a letter dated November 6 that most of the meat sold in food outlets was not inspected by health officials.
Njagi claims most of the chickens are slaughtered at people’s homesteads instead of slaughterhouses as required by law.
However, the way the meat is being transported from the homesteads to the slaughterhouses did not follow the established safety protocols.
“This meat is sourced mainly from the broiler chicken farmers, who slaughter the chicken in their backyard and transport the meat to the hotels and other eateries,” read the letter in part addressed to the county directors.
The letter targeted most outlets and eateries that sell fast food within the CBD and other towns countrywide.
Several butcheries in the country were also flagged for sourcing their chicken directly from farmers.
“This is contrary to Meat Control Act Cap 356 of the laws of Kenya which states that food animals should only be slaughtered in licensed slaughterhouses under the supervision of an inspecting officer.”
Consequently, the county inspectors were advised to monitor the same, given the rampant practice was putting Kenyans in harm’s way.
The Directorate further cautioned that dealers who will be found to be in violation of the guidelines will face consequences.
“Such malpractices expose the consumer to unhygienic meat and meat products which act as the source of spread of harmful microorganisms, medicine residues, and other contaminants thereby endangering their health,” read the letter in part.
Kenyans, on the other hand, were advised to be cautious of the outlets where they buy chicken, given the recent alarming developments.