Health Ministry officials have advised that they have commenced a meat inspection program, to protect consumers against unsafe unwholesome meats. That advise came through Senior Environmental Health Officer, Sylvester St. Ville. He added that the program is vital to the public.
He said “Meat inspection is an important public health preventive program, that is undertaken by the Ministry of Health. Meat itself can transmit a number of diseases to humans who consume it”. He defined unsafe meat as that which could potentially transmit diseases. He added that unwholesome meat is that which is not aesthetically pleasing.
St. Ville noted that the main objective of the program is to protect humans against new and re-emerging diseases. he called the public to adhere to all the essentials for meat preparation.
He said, “One of the things we advise is that prior to slaughter, you choose an area that is clean, and ensure that the meat itself will not be contaminated, as a result of the environment around the animal. You have to ensure that the people who are going to slaughter the animals are adequately competent to do the slaughtering. You also have to ensure that there is water, because you need to be cleaning your equipment during slaughter, and ensure that the area is shaded and clean. You need to ensure that the people who are going to handle and sell the meat are all certified”.
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