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Kwara government shuts abattoir over suspected meat poisoning

Kwara government shuts abattoir over suspected meat poisoning

The Kwara State government on Sunday temporarily shut the abattoir at Mandate Market in Ilorin to allow for fumigation and general cleaning of the area.

The development followed suspected meat poisoning reported in the facility.

The State government announced that it would use this period to fumigate and carry out general cleaning of the facility. This action was taken as part of efforts to protect the public from consuming contaminated meat, especially after rumors of poisoned cow meat surfaced.

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The government officials, including the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Ahmed El-Imam, and the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs. Toyosi Adebayo-Thomas, led a team of experts to Mandate Market in Ilorin to activate measures aimed at safeguarding public health amidst concerns about tainted meat. The team confiscated all suspected meats for laboratory tests to confirm claims after engaging with stakeholders at the market.

Further updates will be provided as necessary by the government as they work towards establishing the truth behind the rumors of poisoned meat. The government also expressed appreciation for the cooperation received from the market’s leadership during this process.

Abubakar Ayinla, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Environment, said the step was part of efforts to protect members of the public from the incident.

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According to him, “This is an update to the earlier report on the development at the popular Mandate Market.

“Kwara State government officials and experts have arrived earlier this morning at the Mandate Market to put in place measures to protect the public amid rumours of poisoned cow meat.

“The team has immediately confiscated all the suspected meats for laboratory tests and confirmation of claims after initial engagements with the Mandate Market stakeholders,” said Mr Ayinla.

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