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St Catherine meat markets not meeting safety standards - Health Department

Published:Tuesday | February 24, 2015 | 12:08 PM

The St Catherine Health Department says it has embarked on a programme to get meat markets in the parish up to public safety standards.

Senior Public Health Inspector for St Catherine, Richard Baker says some markets in Spanish Town and other areas are not meeting the required standards.

He says the health department is currently working with the St Catherine Parish Council to address the problem.

Baker says efforts are being made to upgrade the meat markets and to train butchers in public health standards.

The senior public health inspector also notes that public safety seminars are to be held next month and in April in Old Harbour, Spanish Town and Linstead.

Baker stresses that public safety is the department's primary concern and as such it will determine the next course of action following an assessment of conditions at facilities.

He points out that sanctions may range from the revocation of licences to closure.