Choma Municipal Council this afternoon confiscated 1, 068 KGs of meat products from two butcheries for operating factories in residential areas.
Star butchery is said to have been processing meat products in Chandamali compound without a permit allowing the owner to operate a meat factory in a residential area.
According to the Council health Department Act, meat is not allowed to be processed from residential areas for health reasons but can only be prepared at abattoirs.
And Choma Municipal Council Public Relations Officer Ramona Phiri has warned butchery owners to always follow procedures when processing and selling meat to avoid non communicable diseases that could be in the meat.
Phiri reveals that the meat that was confiscated from Star and Enesto butcheries amounting to about K29, 904 will be disposed off by way of burning it.
A court order signed by Choma Magistrate Mupemo Phiri has since been issued to allow the Municipality to destroy the confiscated meat.
Meanwhile, Phiri has cautioned members of the public to scrutinize the places where they buy meat for consumption so that they can avoid preventable diseases from the uncertified meat.
The owners of the butcheries have since been arrested and are behind bars waiting to appear in court soon.