Regional Assembly in Ghana bans use of tyres for meat processing
By Danjuma Atkins (Accra)
Accra, Oct 13, 2018 – West Akyem Municipal Assembly in Ghana has taken the lead in passing a bye-law, banning use of flames from vehicle tyres to process meat for consumption for either households or butchers.
The ban is strictly being enforced for health and environmental reasons.
The new law stipulates that, “Any butcher who breaches the bye-law will be liable on conviction to a fine of between $50 and $100 penalty units (GHc600-GHc1200) or in default imprisonment to a term not exceeding six months or both’’.
The Assembly passed another bye-law prohibiting use of passenger vehicles, including taxi cabs for transporting dead bodies to and from hospital mortuaries.
The bye-law permits only ambulances and hearses for transporting dead bodies.
The law provided, “drivers who breach the provision are liable on conviction to a fine of between $20 to $30 penalty units, which is equivalent to between Ghc240.00 to Ghc360.00’’.
The use of flames from tyres in processing meat is prevalent in many African countries including Nigeria.
Tyres are commonly used to burn off skin of animals, especially cows (pomo) and goats.
Another commonly used method is use of kerosene as energy source to burn off skins of animals.
According to health experts, these are very hazardous undertakings that have long-term health hazards for humans.
Breathing large quantities of kerosene vapour or drinking kerosene-based liquids may cause non-specific signs such as dizziness, headache and vomiting.
And repeated skin exposure to the substance might result in dermatitis (eczema).
On the other hand, burning of tyres is toxic. “natural rubber alone poses a dangerous fire hazard and when heated to decomposition emits toxic fumes.
“The tyre filler, carbon black, is mildly toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin contact.’’ ##