Unhygienic conditions prevail in the meat market at Talab Khatinkan here and food safety authorities are not taking action against the erring shopkeepers.
There is no proper management in place and stray dogs roam in and around the market whole day.
The meat market in Talab Khatinkan is the biggest “halal” meat market in the city, but it has never been maintained properly. Hygiene is a thing of past in the market and people are being sold meat which doesn’t meet the basic parameters of hygiene.
“I used to buy meat from Talab Khatinkan market five years back, but after seeing the unhygienic conditions there, I stopped buying meat from the area. The district administration hasn’t taken any step to meet the basic requirement of hygiene in the area,” said Khurshid Ahmed, a resident of Gujjar Nagar.
Most of the restaurants in Jammu are buying meat from the area only and customers don’t know the condition of shops from where the meat is brought. The unhygienic conditions in the meat market pose the danger of food poisoning for hundreds of cunsumers.
The food safety wing of the drug and food control organisation of Jammu is not able to teach a lesson to these meat suppliers.
“Many a times we have penalised these shopkeepers, but they are not learning lessons. Elsewhere meat suppliers are maintaining hygienic conditions, but the problem lies in Talab Khatinkan only,” said Madan Magotra, designated officer, food safety wing.
He said they would surely take action against these shopkeepers soon.