Hygiene and safety of meat from local abattoir: A survey on public concerns

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Nurul Syuhada Zainal Abidin. Hygiene and safety of meat from local abattoir: A survey on public concerns. 30th Veterinary Association of Malaysia (VAM) Congress. 19th-20th October, 2018. Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.(Abstract of e-Poster Presentation).


Nurul Syuhada Zainal Abidin, Department of Veterinary Services, Wisma Tani, Lot 4G1, Precint 4, Federal Government Administrative Center, 62624 Putrajaya. Corresponding author: nurulsyuhada@dvs.gov.my 

Greater urbanisation in Malaysia has led to raise in public health concern on food safety issue. Production of local meats (beef and mutton) in Malaysia are below 23% from self-sufficiency and depending on importation. This study was conducted as to investigate public concerns on hygiene and safety of meat from local abattoir since these factors play important roles to the growth of local meat industry such as upgrading abattoir facilities and focusing to local production than importation. Kuala Terengganu abattoir was selected in this study due to highest supply services to local butchers in Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Nerus.  The total of 321 respondents consuming meat were randomly selected during buying meat at local meat retails. A structured questionnaire consisted questions regarding meat hygiene, safety concerns and knowledges on location and facilities provided by Kuala Terengganu abattoir was distributed to the selected respondents. The results showed that 62%, 25% and 12% of respondents were high, moderate and minimum concerns on hygiene and safety of meat, respectively. However, results on location and facilities of abattoir showed that 21%, 39%, and 40% of respondents had high, moderate and minimum knowledges, respectively. It was concluded that the public concerned about hygiene and safety while purchasing meat but their knowledges about location and facilities of abattoir were limited. By these, it also showed that our local abattoir has the capability to produce hygiene and safe meat to meet consumer demand, however promotion to the public will be benefit in helping local meat industry growth. 

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