A truck filled with dead meat was intercepted in Rivers State.
Due to this, the Rivers State House of Assembly has raised the alarm over the importation of contaminated meat in the state.
The decision of the House followed a motion moved by Sam Ogeh representing Emouha state constituency.
Ogeh said he had received numerous complaints about the sale of dead meat in major markets in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
He suggested that slaughter houses and cold Rooms in the state should be re-validated by appropriate authorities to avoid inflow of dead birds and animals into the state.
He said: “We are very happy that the veterinary officials were able to intercept a truck filled with dead meat before they could get into our markets.
“If not, it would have caused an epidemic in the state. So, the joint Committee on Agriculture and Health should be able to interact with the relevant stakeholders, so we can toe the next line of action,”
The Assembly concluded that the House committee on Health and Agriculture should interface with relevant ministries, department and agencies to check the importation of dead and contaminated meat for sales and consumption in the state and report back to the House.