The Ministry of Health is highlighting the importance of paying special attention to the quality and safety of meat and other foods as the Christmas celebrations arrive.
“The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is committed to monitoring and regulating all aspects of food as it relates to their wholeness,” the Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
It said that Environmental Health Officers will be deployed in every district throughout the country to conduct inspections, with particular emphasis on the harvesting of meat.
“A special appeal is made to all butchers, as well as the entire population, to ensure that wholesome meat enters the food chain and that no diseased animals are consumed by anyone.
“Butchers are advised that it is mandatory that all food animals intended for public consumption are inspected by Environmental Health Officers before being offered for sale. Consumers are reminded to ensure that only inspected meat should be purchased and consumed. Any meat that shows signs of spoilage should not be purchased or consumed. It must be noted that no amount of seasoning and cooking can reverse the negative health effects of a diseased animal or spoiled meat,” the ministry said.
“When purchasing fresh local meat from vendors on the street and also at the various establishments, persons are advised to make huge efforts to ensure that uninspected meat exposed to the sun, dust and flies and showing signs of spoilage does not find its way on the Christmas table,” the statement said.