South Africa Accused of Failing on Red-Meat Safety, FM Reports
South Africa’s department of agriculture is facing industry complaints over its alleged failure to enforce legislation to ensure the safety of red meat, the Financial Mail said.
The Red Meat Industry Forum has lodged a complaint against the department at Parliament, saying it’s not regulating slaughterhouses as required by law, is allowing privately owned quarantine camps and is failing to control the cross-border movement of animals, the FM said, citing the Forum’s submission.
The department has also failed to ensure South Africa is reinstated as a foot-and-mouth-free zone at the World Organization for Animal Health after an outbreak earlier this year. This costs the country’s livestock industries about 4 billion rand ($500 million) in annual lost sales, the FM said.
Selby Mokaba, spokesman for the department, was in a meeting when contacted on his mobile phone and couldn’t immediately comment.
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