89 out of 312 regional cattle mortuaries fail to meet sanitary requirements

17 September 2007 (08:28)

Sverdlovsk Region’s public prosecution authorities check the general compliance with laws aimed at prevention of particularly dangerous diseases that are common for humans and animals on regular basis. Officers and public prosecutors look into how the livestock products are transported, stored, and disposed of, including the way the bio-wastes are buried, the spokesperson for the regional authorities says.

There are 312 operating cattle mortuaries in Sverdlovsk Region to date and eighty-nine of them fail to meet either the veterinary or the sanitary requirements and can therefore be hazardous to the population’s health and well-being. For instance, some of these cattle mortuaries are located in the water conservation districts; they don’t officially belong to any enterprise or local government; some of their biothermal pits are set up without carefully choosing and documenting a land allotment first; to make matters worse, the location of these pits is usually not agreed upon by either Rospotrebnadzor (the state consumer rights watchdog) or the state veterinary inspectors. Apart from that, it has been revealed that some of the mortuaries are actually very easily accessible, their entrance gate and warning signs are missing, the hatches that lock containers with the remnants of the animals don’t provide any good sealing, and the area is often badly cluttered.

The public prosecutors are trying to promptly react to all the violations; this year, they have already issued 31 recommendations and 17 warnings and filed 44 administrative suits against offenders.

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