Share Share LocalNews Chief Vet underscores need for animals to be inspected before slaughtering by: – December 16, 2011 Tweet Share Dr. Reginald ThomasChief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Reginald Thomas has underscored the need for animals to be inspected before they are slaughtered for sale.At a butchers workshop organized by the Environmental Health Unit earlier this week, Dr Thomas advised that this procedure should be adhered to in an effort to ensure that the meat sold is safe for consumption. Dr. Thomas noted that while there are challenges in getting an officer to inspect the animal before it is slaughtered, the butchers could facilitate the process by informing the division ahead of time.“It is still necessary to have a Vet or an agriculture officer look at the animal before it is slaughtered and I know you have a lot of stories; you call the guy and he doesn’t come. I am quite aware of all what is going on, I am not going to pretend that it does not happen. Part of it as well is you may want to slaughter an animal on Friday and call us on Wednesday so then deployment becomes a problem. But if you know that you are going to kill your animal next week give us some time; a week or two weeks before, look I am going to slaughter an animal on Friday the following week I would somebody to come and examine the animal.”According to Dr. Thomas, there must be constant supervision on the foods that are sold as a result of international food trading law requirements. “In recent times though is some of the supermarkets are requesting that before you bring meat for them that a Vet sees it and you may say that these people are troublesome. A lot of what goes on is not driven by our laws or our desires, international law trade in food requires that there is constant supervision on the type of food that goes into what is called the food chain, the food that we eat and part of it is because more and more there are diseases occurring in the world that is being transmitted to humans.”Dr Thomas says an increase in diseases which are being transmitted to humans has been discovered and steps must be taken to secure “our population, our children and our world.”Dominica Vibes News 29 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!