Abattoirs rewarded for safety

ABATTOIRS across four regions of Eastern Cape have been rewarded for improved food safety.

Their commitment to food safety and hygiene paid off yesterday at the first Eastern Cape Meat Safety Awards.

The awards were initiated through a partnership between Johnson Diversey, Pick n Pay and the Eastern Cape department of agriculture and rural development.

Johnson Diversey is a provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation and hygiene solutions. The abattoirs are red meat and poultry producers based in Amathole, Ukhahlamba, Western and Chris Hani districts.

The awards originated as one of the provincial government's 2010 Soccer World Cup initiatives.

"While the government has shown its commitment to improving standards at abattoirs through the promulgation of the Meat Safety Act, a lack of resources and capacity has typically limited implementation of specific initiatives in this regard," said Vusi Rozani, manager of veterinary public health.

"This has made private sector support of these initiatives critical, especially in terms of empowering abattoirs with the analysis tools they need to identify challenges and potential problem areas, and proactively address these," Rozani said.