Police officers in Eldoret town have nabbed 800 kilograms of meat that has been confirmed to be unfit for human consumption.
The meat, suspected to have been from three dead or sick animals was nabbed following a police operation in Kipkenyo estate on the outskirts of Eldoret town.
Uasin Gishu Deputy County Police Commander Zacchaeus Ng’eno says the meat was discovered in a house at the estate, after a tip-off from members of the public.
“Our officers on patrol got information that in an isolated house in Kipkenyo, there were carcasses of meat. They went there and found meat we believe was from either sick or cows that had already died,” Ng’eno said.
In a media briefing at the Central Police station, the deputy county police boss noted that public health officers have confirmed the meat had not been inspected, hence unfit for consumption.
Two people were arrested during the operation and are expected to be arraigned in court, even as the deputy police boss cautioned meat dealers in Eldoret town against buying meat from unlicensed vendors.
“The two were found setting the meat for sale. They were arrested and brought here to the police station, together with the meat,” Ng’eno said.
It is believed the nabbed meat, which had an unpleasant smell was from three cows.
Only two heads of the cows were recovered by the police.
“Public health officers that were with the police officers have confirmed the meat is not inspected. Even from the smell around here, you can tell the meat is not fit for human consumption,” said Uasin Gishu Deputy County Police Commander.
He advised members of the public to ensure they only buy inspected meat, and from licensed vendors.
The police also cautioned meat dealers and businesspersons against buying meat from unlicensed vendors or whose source is not the known slaughterhouses within Eldoret town.