THE sale of condemned meat products has flooded Choma District in Southern Province posing a health hazard which could trigger the outbreak of zoonotic diseases.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), zoonoses are infections or diseases transmitted directly or indirectly between animals and humans.
It is estimated that, through consumption of contaminated foodstuffs, zoonotic diseases were responsible for the death of 2.2 million people globally every year.
Those who consume such foodstuffs, get sick because of foodborne zoonoses which cause fever, dysentery, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, malaise and nausea.
A check by TIMES yesterday at Makalanguzu and Kalukungu markets in Choma, found some women marketeers selling pieces of condemned meat in dishes.
The assortment of meat products sold in open areas, included pieces of meat, offals and trotters which markeeters claim to buy cheaply from some abattoirs.
But Choma Municipal Council (CMC) public relations officer Ramona Phiri said the sale of condemned food was an offence and those found wanting could be prosecuted.
Ms Phiri said in an interview that council officers would move into the markets to confiscate such condemned meat products.
“Such meat products are not healthy for human consumption and it’s an offence to sale such condemned meat, “she said.
She was saddened that, despite the local authority’s repeated appeals to markeeters to refrain from selling uncertified foodstuffs, some were abrogating the law.
The council would not relent in enforcing section seven of the Foods and Drugs Act Chapter 303, which compels traders to only sale wholesome meat in a clean and designated place.
Ms Phiri warned unscrupulous owners of abattoir selling condemned meat products to refrain from the business or face the face.
She said the council health department was intensifying inspections in abattoirs to restrain the sale of uncertified meat products.