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Local Meat Inspections

In Cayman, traditional Christmas dishes often include fresh local meat and to satisfy demand, butchers are already slaughtering more livestock.

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

Before slaughter livestock must be inspected by DoA staff to ensure their health. DOA staff should be called on 947-3090 to make arrangements for ante-mortem inspections.

Afterwards, 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 ahead of the proposed slaughter time, to arrange post-mortem meat inspections.

Butchers and consumers are also reminded that selling carcasses, whether whole or in part, 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 your meals, do not purchase any locally-slaughtered meat that lacks the DEH stamp," said Senior Food Safety Officer Gideon Simms.

"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.

For further information contact: Tania Johnson - DEH