The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has assured the public that it is monitoring the quality of meat products in all cold stores, abattoirs, restaurants and eateries in the areas affected by anthrax.
The Authority said this is to prevent the sale and consumption of meat that may have been contaminated by the disease before or after the outbreak.
The Upper East Region Director of the FDA, Sabastian Mawuli Hotor, gave this assurance in an interview on Onua Maakye on Friday, June 9.
The Upper East Regional Coordinating Council has imposed a ban on the movement of ruminants following the outbreak of anthrax disease in some districts.
The disease has killed one person and 30 animals in two communities in the region.
The districts that are under the ban are Bawku Municipality, Bawku West, Pusiga, Garu, Tempane and Binduri.
The police have been instructed to arrest anyone who violates the ban, while veterinary officers have been directed to start anthrax vaccination of the affected animals immediately.
“The FDA has visited various places to ensure they are complying with the directives. We have taken inventory of meats in fridges. We have recorded their stock levels to ensure they do not sell them. If we catch you selling or having sold any meat, we will let the law deal with you,” Mr. Mawuli Hotor warned.
He said “everyone must adhere to the laws”.
“We have poultry, fish that are not infested with anthrax. They should go for that so that anthrax will not cause problems.”