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The SVMBS will inspect animal health and meat safety during Eid al-Adha (‘Festival of Sacrifice’): ready to serve the community 

Inspectors of animal health and sacrificial meat for Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) were released in a ceremony on (23/06) by the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SVMBS) IPB University. In total, 276 personnel from SVMBS will participate as inspectors for animal health and sacrificial meat, including undergraduate program students, veterinary professional education students, postgraduate students, fresh graduated veterinarians, and lecturers.

The inspectors were released by the President of IPB University who was represented by the Vice President for Education and Student Affairs, Prof. drh Deni Noviana, PhD, DAiCVIM in Room FKH A. SVMBS IPB University will send inspectors to several location in Bogor Regency, Bogor City, Depok City, and Jakarta Province. The inspection will be carried out in collaboration with local governmental offices.

The inspection this year is more challenging since various diseases currently occur in Indonesia, including Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD), as well as awareness of Peste de Petits Ruminants (PPR). Observation is crucial to preventing the three agents of this disease from spreading further, Professor Deni urged the inspectors.

Eid al-Adha is an event for Muslims all over the world. During this festive day, sacrificial animals are slaughtered. Various aspects such as the selection of sacrificial animals, hygiene, sanitation, animal welfare, and handling of meat need to be considered.

In order to prepare inspectors for their work, a workshop was conducted to teach them about animal welfare, livestock and meat handling, and antemortem and postmortem examination techniques. Through this workshop, the Dean of SVMBS, drh. Amrozi, PhD hoped that the examiners are better prepared. The festival of sacrifice should provide healthy and halal meat, and should not be a source of disease transmission.

Furthermore, the Dean of SVMBS also expressed his gratitude to the Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Office of Bogor District; Food and Agriculture Security Office of Bogor City; Food Security, Agriculture and Fisheries Office of Depok City; Department of Food Security, Maritime Affairs and Agriculture of Jakarta Province; IPB’s Directorate of Agromaritime Community Development; and all parties who supported this activity. (AP/DAR)