Keep Meat Away from Rats, Says Environmental Health Office

 | Fri 18 Dec 2015 03:11 ICT

CityNews – December 15th, following the viral video clip of rats gnawing on a pile of pork at a market in the city, Monwipa Sirihorachai, head of the Environmental Health, Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office has asked (by stating the rather obvious) that vendors keep their meat from rats and other animals and insects to meet hygiene standards.


According to Monwipa, ten different disease can be spread by bacteria and viruses carried by rats, including the plague, leptospirosis, and rat-bite fever, which can lead to death.

She added that it is also necessary to have a system to safely and hygienically rid waste products in markets.

Consumers have been asked to buy pork and other meat from clean and safe places and to clean them thoroughly before cooking. Meat should be well cooked to avoid bacteria too.