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Inspect Christmas Meats

Butchers should call the DEH on 949-6696, at least 48 hours in advance of the proposed slaughter time.

In Cayman, Christmas preparations include making traditional dishes made from local fresh meat. In order to meet demand, butchers are already slaughtering more animals.

To ensure holiday meat protection, butchers are reminded that the Department of Agriculture (DoA), and the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), conduct inspections to maintain consumption safety standards.

Before slaughter, animals must be inspected by the DoA. Department staff should be called on 947-3090 to make arrangements.

After slaughter, DEH officials must inspect carcasses to determine whether they are safe for human consumption. The public is reminded that local meat is only deemed fit when carcasses bear the 'DEH inspected and passed' stamp.

At this time of year, butchers should call the DEH on 949-6696, at least 48 hours in advance of the proposed slaughter time, to make arrangements for post-mortem meat inspections.

Butchers and consumers are also reminded that selling carcasses, or portions of them, that have not been DEH inspected and approved is against the Public Health Law (2002 Revision).

DEH officials therefore ask consumers to be vigilant. "For your own safety, and for the health of those who may consume the meals you prepare, do not purchase any locally slaughtered meat that does not have the DEH stamp," Senior Food Safety Officer Gideon Simms said.

"If at any time you observe anyone selling locally slaughtered meat without the stamp, immediately report the matter to the DEH."

For more information, call DEH on 949-6696 or the DoA on 947-3090. Staff from both departments wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.