Four men from Glen Norah, Harare lost six cattle carcasses after they were seized and burnt by the police recently.
According to the police, the four had bought the cattle in Sadza, Mashonaland East province but had no documents authorising them to transport the meat.
Speaking to NewsDay on Thursday, Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza said:
Police intercepted these men who were transporting six cattle carcasses to Harare from Sadza. They had no clearance whatsoever.
The cattle were slaughtered under a tree which is contrary to health meat inspection laws which recommend slaughtering to be done at abattoirs.
The abattoirs will then issue a certificate. The quartet had no clearance to transport the beef, hence it was confiscated and disposed of through burning as a per law.
We urge members of the public to follow procedures and get the necessary documents when dealing with the transportation of meat.
Mashonaland East province has experienced an outbreak of January disease which has reportedly wiped out thousands of beasts.
Villagers are allegedly selling infected animals at very low prices to butcheries to at least salvage something from their depleting herds.