In Cayman, the holiday season is a popular time for dishes featuring local meat.
To ensure holiday meat protection, butchers are reminded that the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Environmental Health 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.
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.
Selling carcasses, or portions of them, that have not been DEH inspected and approved is against the Public Health Law (2002 Revision).
‘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,’ said Gideon Simms, the Senior Food Safety Officer.
‘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.