The ban on the movement and slaughtering of ruminants, as well as the sale and consumption of meat products in the Upper East Region, has been lifted by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. This decision was made in consultation with the Upper East Regional Public Health Emergency Committee and was announced on July 11, 2023. The Ministry cited the successful containment of the anthrax disease, following weeks of rigorous monitoring, as the reason behind lifting the ban.
Originally imposed on May 31, 2023, due to the rapid spread of anthrax in the region, the ban has now been lifted after a month. However, the Ministry issued a warning, urging residents to avoid consuming meat from dead animals. Additionally, veterinary and environmental health officers will be assigned to abattoirs and slaughter slabs to closely supervise animals prior to slaughtering.
Furthermore, the Ministry emphasised that strict actions would be taken against food vendors, restaurant owners, or butchers who sell meat products without the supervision of veterinary or environmental health officers. Offenders will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
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