How safe is that Red Meat?
The meat industry in Nigeria overtime has faced major challenges ranging from the deplorable conditions of abattoirs and meat handling to distribution and storage facilities. The overwhelming sanitation problems from abattoirs and distribution systems in open market have posed additional problems to the environment and consumers’ health.
In order to solve these challenges, the duo of Dr. Oluwole Iyiola and Dr. Edith Ebe Oni-Ojo of Business Management Department, Covenant University, in their work titled, “Attitudes toward Service Innovations in Red Meat Industry and its Consumption Effects on Nigerian Consumers,” recommended among others that the meat industry should adopt service innovation in their organisations in order to enhance and provide quality service, thereby creating demand and new market.
They also recommended that the relevant consumer protection regulatory agencies should inspect the abattoirs before, during and after operations for good sanitary conditions. The abattoir workers, according to the researchers, should be equipped with necessary tools and equipment so as to facilitate safety and prevention of exposure to gross contaminations and infections.