The Trans Nzoia County Executive Committee Member in charge of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Phanice Khatundi, kicked off the slaughterhouse inspection exercise at Machinjoni slaughter house in Matisi Ward.
Speaking to the Western Kenya Times during the inspection, Mrs. Khatundi said the exercise is aimed at collecting data that will assist in maintenance of standard hygiene, facilities, and compliance of government policies concerning slaughterhouses that will assist in production of safe meat to consumers.
The move comes at a time when unlicensed meat dealers have been selling uninspected and untreated meat to the consumers, posing a health risk.
Mrs. Khatundi said the proper management at the slaughterhouse will reduce rampant animal theft, especially during this festive season.
Last week, public health officials in Trans Nzoia County and their counterparts from the Veterinary Department seized more than 150kg of decaying meat at the Kitale Bus Park packed in a gunny parks.
The three suspects, who had no permits, could not disclose where the meat was destined. They were later arraigned in court.
Mike Musungu is a reporter at Radio Simba in Bungoma and a correspondent of Trans Nzoia County for the Western Kenya Times.