Cattle tagging underway - Agriculture Ministry
The Agriculture Ministry says the tagging and issuing of passports for Jamaica's 60,000 heads of cattle is now under way.
Portfolio minister, Derrick Kellier, says tagging which is part of the National Animal Identification and Traceability System is critical in tracing the movement of meat and meat products from the farm to the fork.
He says it is especially important to ensure food safety and animal health.
He says the tagging system should help combat praedial larceny.
Under the new regulations, it will be illegal for animals to be transported without an accompanying passport.
In addition, the code on the passport must correspond to the code on the tags.
The genetic data obtained during the tagging process will be stored at a central databank at the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry to allow for DNA matching and analysis in cases such as theft.
Kellier signed an MOU with the Health Ministry and the Jamaica Constabulary Force specifying the roles and responsibilities of the two State agencies under the tagging system.
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