SEIZED MEAT PRODUCTS DONATED TO VETERINARY CLINIC
The local medical authority today disposed of seized frozen meat products at a veterinary clinic in Port Moresby.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Papua New Guinea Inc (RSPCA) received the donation for dogs.
NCDC environmental health officers confiscated more than 20 Kilograms of various frozen meat products from Eliseo Wholesale and Retail shop at Gordons due to non-compliance with standard practice.
Meat products include sausages, lamb neck shops, chicken thighs and lamb heart. A packet of frozen potatoe chips was also confiscated.
During the investigation, Mathew Laba said the shop at Gordons in Port Moresby displayed unprotected frozen meat products in a freezer, posing serious public health concerns to the customers.
Laba is a senior environmental health officer attached with the NCDC Health Division.
He added given such practice, the chances were very high for customers to contact the meat items with their hands.
Serving the condemnation notice, Mr Laba recommended to the shop management to pack them properly in packages with price tags or create a new frozen meat unit like Shop and Shop and others do.
He warned that should the shop management commit the offence again under the Food Regulation and Sanitation law, they would be sued, be fined with hefty penalty or their trading licences be forfeited.