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People's Report: Clamp down on uncertified meat in MoBay market

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Quite recently, the St James Health Department, working closely with the St James Parish Council, carried out an operation at the Charles Gordon Market which resulted in a number of persons selling meat, pork and fish items were prosecuted for breaching the law.

Among the infractions were not having the required food handler's permit, and selling such produce without having the necessary certification and without having same approved and stamped by a public health inspector.

It has since been reported that huge amounts of meat are being sold at the market having come from persons who have stolen cattle from western Jamaica and beyond. The incontrovertible fact is that many farmers have been reporting cattle stolen since the start of the year.

It is imperative that the St James Police Department take the required steps, and implement the measures and policies needed to fully investigate all cases of stolen cattle and assiduously work to apprehend those responsible.

For far too long, some butchers selling at the Charles Gordon Market have been flouting the law by selling meat to customers without having the meat certified and stamped by a public health inspector.

It is of paramount importance that the public health department regularly visit the market and inspect the meat and other meat items that are being sold at the facility to ensure that it is approved and inspected by the department legally entitled to do so.

The police and the public health department need to ensure that all forms of meat being sold at the market are inspected weekly before it is sold to the public.

It would be remiss of me if I did not commend the mayor of Montego Bay and chairman of the St James Parish Council, Glendon Harris, for successfully addressing some of the long-standing problems that were facing the Charles Gordon Market.

The facility is much more organised. A chief of security has been employed and assigned to the facility. All fish vendors are now required to sell their wares inside the market. Also, the market is now being regularly cleaned.

- Robert Dalley - St James