Poor quality mutton sales are rampant in Hyderabad markets. Sick sheep, goats, and dead animals are being sold illegally to make quick bucks. There are traders who are adulterating mutton with beef. In addition to slaughtering animals in unhygienic conditions, bringing in dead and unhealthy animals from different places and selling them in the market is a matter of concern. Although GHMC veterinary officers have been conducting raids, the situation is not changing.
About 80 percent of the meat in Hyderabad comes from the Jiyaguda slaughterhouse. The abattoir is a hub of business. Starting from Kashmir, Jiyaguda slaughterhouses cater to many states. The sick animals, dead goats, and sheep in these slaughterhouses are being moved to the market. Based on the inspections carried out on meat shops, officials said that most of the adulterated meat was found in the Khairatabad zone and the relevant shops were identified in Secunderabad and Kukatpally zones.
GHMC Veterinary Department officials are requesting that meat from animal carcasses stamped by the GHMC should only be bought and consumed. Citizens are asked to ensure the shops are selling only stamped meat. Citizens are suggested to ask the shopkeeper about the stamp before purchasing. GHMC officials claim that inspections across the city since the beginning of this year have so far identified 2851 kg of adulterated beef and 539 kg of packaged meat. Officials said cases have been registered in the Municipal Court against 139 shops for tampering. Penalties are also being imposed on those who sell unmarked meat.