Health department closely monitoring St Catherine butchers for x-mas
The St Catherine Health Department says it will be stepping up its monitoring and enforcement activities as it moves to prevent meats not suitable for human consumption from reaching the public.
Chief Public Health Inspector for St Catherine, Richard Baker, says at this time of the year, there are instances of illegal slaughtering by unscrupulous persons trying to cash in on the demand for fresh meat.
Baker says the health inspectors will be monitoring all the areas where meat that has not been inspected is likely to turn up.
He also says greater attention will be given to all markets in the parish and other places where slaughtering takes place to ensure that butchers have the appropriate licences.
Baker is warning that those in breach will be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, he says the health department will soon introduce new meat stamps that carry additional information regarding inspection and licensing requirements.
According to him, one feature of this new instrument will be the inclusion of the public health inspector's unique registration number to help bring more accountability to the system.
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