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New meat stamps being distributed, says health ministry

Published:Thursday | November 27, 2014 | 11:20 AM

The Health Ministry says new meat stamps, costing $3.5 million, are being distributed across the island.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says distribution will continue until next week.

The meat stamps are used to certify meat that is produced locally and legally slaughtered as safe for human consumption.

The Public Health Inspector who certifies meat must affix an appropriate mark to the meat as prescribed by the Public Health (Meat Inspection) Regulations, 1989.

The Ministry says before the new stamps were obtained, rubber stamps that were being used, were often misplaced or stolen and often illegally used as a result.

It says the ink used on the new stamp dries in three seconds to prevent tampering.

It adds that the ink is safe for human consumption.

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