ONSSA is tagging sheep and goats destined for slaughter during the religious festival Eid al-Adha in August.
Eid al-Adha, the “sacrifice festival,” is one of the most important celebrations in the Islamic calendar. Expected to take place this year between August 11 and August 13, it is celebrated by slaughtering sheep, goats, or cows.
“Tagging will be done for free to benefit all livestock farmers across the country,” ONSSA said in a press release.
ONSSA is inserting a yellow ring into the ears of the animals, which lists a unique serial number as well as the words Eid al-Adha.
“The number of sheep and goats identified for the Aid Al Adha has reached 7 million,” ONSSA added.
The operation is designed to facilitate the traceability of the animals. In particular, the tagging ensures their origins can be traced in the event of a food scandal, stated ONSSA.
Over the last three years, consumers have complained about meat slaughtered for Eid al-Adha turning green and decaying almost immediately.
During the festival last year, ONSSA received over 3,300 phone calls from people expressing concern about the quality of the meat, reported Huffington Post Maghreb.
Similar complaints about green meat were made in 2017. ONSSA stated at the time that the contamination of meat was likely due to non-compliance with hygiene measures during slaughter and butchering, the outlet reported.