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1,707 abattoirs registered under FSSA; most in TN, MP, Maha

Press Trust of India  |  Indore 

A query under the Right to Information has revealed that only 1,707 slaughterhouses in the country are registered under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006.

There are no abattoirs registered under the 2006 Act in Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura. Further, these states/Union Territories do not have a single slaughterhouse which has a license issued by either the state or the Central authority.

Uttar Pradesh, where the is clamping down on illegal slaughterhouses, is not in the top three states where the highest number of slaughterhouses registered under FSSA are located.

These top three states are Tamil Nadu, and

Chandrashekhar Gaud, an RTI activist, obtained this information under RTI from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of (FSSAI).

"These figures show that there are large number of illegal slaughterhouses in the country," he said.

FSSAI data showed that has the highest number of slaughterhouses registered under the Act (425), followed by (262) and (249).

In other words, 55 per cent of abattoirs registered under FSSA are located in these three states.

Uttar Pradesh, in recently over closure of illegal slaughterhouses, has only 58 which are registered under the Act.

Meanwhile, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a press release here has said that there are an estimated 30,000 unlicensed slaughterhouses in the country.

Leather industry has no system in place to ensure that the skins used as raw material are not sourced from illegal slaughterhouses, it said, and appealed for closure of all unlicensed slaughterhouses.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, April 16 2017. 21:42 IST