Uganda, Jan 11 – The Government of Uganda has been put under pressure to inspect meat products purchased from different geographical locations as traders fear a foul play by the butchers.
The traders under Jinja Abattoirs Traders’ Association raised concerns in a bid to get report on chemicals used by their salesmen.
They care cautious on samples of meat that could have dangerous chemicals.
The alarm comes as a result of the associations’ sales declining below 50% average, worrying decay in their business.
Chrysostom Mukiibi Kagolo, the chairperson of the association, said articles published recently in newspapers had affected the meat business, with their sales falling below 50%.
The association’s chair, Chrysostom Mukiibi Kagolo highlighted reports from the newspaper that suggest the number of meat consumers has drastically gone down.
It was said that the butchers use a chemical to scare off house flies from their shops but further pushed their customers away from purchasing meat.
The most ‘affected’ was Kampala traders who feel the Government chemists should bring up a clear report on the alleged news.
The meat industry is a source of livelihood to many traders and their families and the deterioration of the business costs them a fortune.
It is understood that mutton and goat’s meat have also been a subject of suspicion and should be checked.