The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) wishes to remind the public that it is that the time of year when the consumption of meat from locally slaughtered animals is at its highest.
Many consumers opt for meat from locally grown animals to create special dishes for the Christmas season; however, the carcasses and portions of all locally slaughtered animals must be examined and passed prior to being consumed. The DEH in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture (DoA) are responsible for carrying out these inspections.
There are two aspects to the inspections, the ante-mortem and post-mortem The ante-mortem segment is done by the Veterinary Section of DoA prior to the slaughtering of the animals. The post-mortem meat inspections of the carcasses take place after slaughter is carried out and is undertaken by DEH Environmental Health Officers.
All local slaughter-men and butchers are reminded that it is illegal to offer meat from carcasses that have not been examined. Slaughter-men and butchers should contact both agencies as soon as possible to make arrangements to have their carcasses inspected. The DEH can be contacted on 949-6696 or 925-4582 and the DoA can be contacted on 947-3090.
Residents are also reminded that they should not purchase or consume the meat of uninspected carcasses as there is no guarantee that it is safe for human consumption. Inspected carcasses bear the DEH ‘pass’ stamp.
Additionally, consumers as well as other members of the public are reminded that in the event that they come across someone selling uninspected meat, that they should desist from purchasing same and immediately report the matter to the DEH.
The DEH would like to take the opportunity to wish all local slaughter men, butchers and consumers a happy and uneventful Christmas, as well as the very best for the year ahead.
For further information, please contact the DEH at 949-8793 or 949-6696 or visit the DEH’s website at: deh.gov.ky
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