Persons desirous of slaughtering food animals for sale and for human consumption for the Christmas Season are urged to contact the District Environmental Health Officer, or the Public Health Department as soon as possible for information on the requirements for slaughtering.
This admonition comes from Mr. Neri James, Chief Environmental Health Officer at the Environmental Health Division.
Mr. James says it is an offence to offer meat for sale to the public without it being inspected according to the Public Health Act, 1977.
In an interview with WEFM News this morning Mr. James said it must also be noted that the practice of dressing animals on the ground and hanging meat on trees or posts, exposed to the elements, is not acceptable and will be subjected to condemnation.
The Chief Environmental Health Officer said Public Health Officers in the various districts will be going around to inspect slaughtered meat being offered for sale.