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Health ministry aims to enhance meat safety with new stamps

Published:Sunday | November 30, 2014 | 11:10 AM

The Ministry of Health is continuing to distribute new meat stamps across the island.



The stamps, which cost the government some J$3.5 million, is part of attempts to ensure that quality meats are sold to consumers.



They will be used to certify as being safe for human consumption meats that are produced locally and legally slaughtered



The new stamps will replace the old rubber stamps which the health ministry acknowledged were often misplaced or stolen and end up being used illegally.



Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says this will improve the system of accountability among meat inspectors, as well as the traceability of meat and meat products.



Each year, the health ministry inspects 22,000 heads of cattle, 140,000 heads of pigs, 50,000 sheep and goats, as well as four million birds.



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