Muscat Municipality slaughterhouses set to welcome Ramadan

Muscat: Determine the working hours of municipal slaughterhouses to match the peak demand before and during the blessed month.

Allocating two periods to receive consumers during Ramadan, from (6 am to 8 am) for companies, and from (8 am to 1 pm) for individuals.

Municipal slaughterhouses are a safe and healthy environment that guarantees the beneficiary the safety of the livestock (cattle) and that they are free of diseases and obligation to health requirements during slaughter.

Muscat Municipality has completed its readiness to welcome the Blessed Ramadan by taking several proactive measures in the municipal slaughterhouses sector. This would meet consumer needs; according to the highest health quality standards.

The municipality, in cooperation with the company operating the slaughterhouses, strengthened its work crews, ensured the maintenance of devices and equipment in the slaughterhouse, and rescheduled service delivery times. They correspond with the increasing demand for meat slaughter during the period before and during Ramadan. This ensures the smooth workflow in slaughterhouses.

Proactive Procedures: 

With the expectation of work pressure and increasing demand for various kinds of meat. Muscat Municipality has coordinated with the company in charge of slaughterhouses sector management to work on used equipment and devices’ maintenance in the slaughter hall. Additionally, development of a proactive precautionary plan for any emergency that may occur a breakdown of this equipment, by spare parts for this equipment’s offer and specialized technicians in maintenance work. Additionally, emphasizing all slaughterhouses work crews to take precautionary measures and health requirements while service offers to secure the workers and customers’ health. The operating company  of slaughterhouses also equipped the waiting hall in the two slaughterhouses to ensure consumers’ comfort before carcass receiving.

Muscat Municipality cared to monitor the compliance of the company operating the slaughterhouse with the healthy requirements necessary to operate the slaughterhouse. Specified by Local Order No. 29/95 regarding the organization and observation of livestock slaughter and skinning. Administrative Resolution No. (168/2011) regarding health requirements for activities concerning to public health.

Times of Work:

In an effort to regulate slaughtering livestock’s, process in Muscat Municipality slaughterhouses in Seeb and Al Amerat, whether for companies, citizens or residents. The working hours of municipal slaughterhouses have been rescheduled and in proportion to the peak demand before and during Ramadan.

Work periods before Ramadan will be allocated to the morning period for individuals, but the evening period for companies and meat shops. Starting from Saturday 9 March 2024 until the end of Sha’ban 1445 AH/2024.

During Ramadan, receiving consumers will be limited to the morning period only, so that the work will be divided into two periods. They are the first period is designated for companies and meat shops for two hours only, from 6 am until 8 am.  The second period is designated for individuals from 8 am until 1 pm.  Muscat Municipality advises all institutions, charities, meat companies and stores that desire to slaughter livestock in Muscat Municipality slaughterhouses to communicate previously with the operating company of the slaughterhouses.

Safe Environment and Veterinary Services:

Muscat Municipality, represented by the General Directorate of Health Affairs and Veterinary Services Department, confirms its interest in the health and safety of consumers. It is through ensuring that the livestock in the slaughterhouse are safe and free of diseases. These sheep are checked to examination by veterinarians in the slaughterhouse barns, where the livestock are examined before slaughter to detect diseases that do not appear after the initial examination, such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). Additionally, careful visual examination of the carcasses after slaughter and skinning to ensure that they are free of any diseases or rotten parts of the carcass.    On the other hand, Muscat Municipality is coordinating with the operating company to implement all control procedures for public health pests such as (flies, mosquitoes, and rodents) in all municipal slaughterhouse facilities to ensure all slaughterhouse visitors’ safety.    

Meat Purchasing Tips:

Muscat Municipality pays great attention to raise awareness of following instructions’ importance when purchasing fresh meat to ensure its quality and suitability for human consumption. For example, it is necessary to ensure that the carcass has a municipal stamp on it, which confirms that it is slaughtered in municipal slaughterhouses and under the supervision of specialized doctors. As well as, verify the identification card of each carcass or part thereof when purchasing chilled or imported meat. It, which would guarantee the production’s country and expiration date. It is necessary that the consumer present when meat is cut or chopped in stores to ensure its suitability. It is essential to store meat at a temperature not exceeding 4 degrees Celsius, but frozen meat must be kept at a temperature not exceeding (18­-) degrees Celsius.

Muscat Municipality emphasizes the slaughtering’s importance in municipal slaughterhouses because they offer the appropriate environment for slaughtering carcasses. It is via the commitment of work crews to all health procedures. In addition to guaranteeing veterinary examination of livestock or sheep before and after slaughter to confirm that they are free of any diseases.

 

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