Famous for its love of non-veg foods, citizens of Kolkata woke up with a jolt when the news of rotten meat resurfaced. According to the media report, Kolkata police seized 20,000 kg of rotten meat. It’s suspected that the meat is from dead animals used by restaurants and marketers.
The meat from dead cats and dogs are chemically treated before selling. 10 people, including one leader of a certain political outfit, is arrested in connection with selling and supplying. When seized, it was packed ready to be sent to restaurants, hotels, and eateries.
A senior police officer stated:
“The meat used to be supplied mainly to the sellers of frozen food items, eateries, departmental stores in the state and its neighbouring areas in Jharkhand, Odisha and Bihar. There are others from these neighbouring states who are involved in the racket.”
Not only Kolkata, but similar incidents were reported from districts of Nadia, South and North 24 Parganas. Further, it was also supplied in the international market. According to police:
“During initial grilling, those who have been arrested have admitted to supplying it to markets in Nepal. But we are not sure about it. Our officers are talking to the Nepal police.”
The police further stated how the meat is treated and marketed so that it’s not identifiable.
“First they would wash the meat with formalin. Then they separated the fat from the meat to arrest rotting and inject calcium propanoate (as a food additive). After that, it was mixed with aluminium sulphate and lead sulphate to get rid of the foul smell and then packed and supplied to different markets and restaurants.”
As soon as the news hit the market, there has been a massive dip in sales in the non-veg food. The food lovers are restraining their desire and turning to the fresh meat market. Also, many are turning to vegetarian food.
Hotel and Restaurants’ Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) also issued an advisory to the restaurants, asking them to purchase meat only from those suppliers who are registered. HRAEI president Sudesh Poddar stated:
“Respectable eateries, including our members, don’t procure meat from dubious sources. Smaller eateries may buy chicken and mutton from roadside vendors or suppliers from the city fringes who are now under the scanner. Frozen meat is now suspect and we have requested all restaurants not to use them. But the drop in sale of non-vegetarian food is a worry.”
The news also made Twitterati react! From being angry at the present CM’s mismanagement to taking a hilarious dig, this is how they reacted:
Is this rotten cat dog meat Sickular?
— Pramod Panwar (@PramodPanwar8) May 2, 2018
— Harish Sharma (@HarishS66284892) May 1, 2018
hahaha…imagine some of these cats/dogs might have been rabies infected…is it any wonder many in WB are acting like rabid dogs??? 😬
— Scrap RTE (@being_ak4) May 1, 2018
No problem . true bengali only focuses on Fish .
— unemployed_youth (@Frankensteinm59) May 1, 2018
At least one national channel has highlighted the moral low of #MamataBanerjee ‘s #Benga in which has flourished #SecularCarcassTrade that even denies legitimate God-ordained food to real vultures. Political vultures are so deadly. pic.twitter.com/ynUKC5hRN1Advertisement
— S R Ganguli (@SRGanguli1) May 1, 2018
Hahaha…… Pity on those non veggies who had eaten meat from these places before this seizure.
— ENGINEER PATIL💪😎💻 (@vaibhavpatilv) May 2, 2018
The root cause is massive unemployment in Bengal.
— Partha Das (@Partha_das002) May 2, 2018
— IndiaFirst (@Bharat_NAMO2019) May 1, 2018
Haha….great things happening under the lady’s regime. Hope the sad soul of cats and dogs haunt all those that tortured them !
— Shobha N (@nairshobha) May 1, 2018
Aur khao bengali non veg 😂😂
— SudhiP (@SudhiP2) May 1, 2018
Save the Royal Bengal Dogs !!!! 🍖🍗🤪 pic.twitter.com/D2ayD0scpL
— Atif Rعاطفझारखंडी (@salezbay) May 1, 2018
Mamta didi rt now:
“Hum kutta aur billi ka moss mei Poriborton layenga” pic.twitter.com/F12cvCtzgW
— I.l.l.u.m.i..N.a.u.g.h.t.y (@__Hegde) May 1, 2018
In a state, where more than 90% of the population is non-vegetarian this news is a great shock. If not addressed properly, it can give a huge blow.