You cannot just set up shop anywhere you like and start selling food to the people in Ondo state.

The state government has identified the fact that more than 70 per cent of the diseases that affect humans come from animals.

So, illegal abattoirs and meat slab operators in the 18 local government areas of the state will have the state to contend with.

Mr Adegboyega Adefarati, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, on Tuesday sealed off the premises of an illegal abattoir in Shasha Market on Akure/Owo Expressway.

According to Adefarati, the abattoir owned and operated by one Alhaji Sambawa, is located close to a public toilet and the expressway, making the meat unhygienic for consumption.

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“The meat on their slab here is not safe for consumption as it can be easily contaminated because of the closeness to public toilets and the expressway.

“The operation contravenes the law of the state. It causes us a loss of revenue aside from the danger it poses to the public, and we will not fold our arms and watch them kill our people.

“We, therefore, warn all owners of illegal abattoirs and meat slabs operating in unhygienic environments to close shop or face the wrath of government.

“We also urge all unregistered private abattoirs to register with government for approva,l before slaughtering animals for sale,” the commissioner said.

He added that several warnings had been issued to the operator “but he turned a deaf ear”.

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