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Raw meat sales worry farmers

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, February 14, 2013

LIVESTOCK farmers should refrain from selling raw meat unless they are slaughtered at registered abattoirs, says director Animal Health Tomasi Tunabuna.

Those caught doing this and buyers of the meat could be prosecuted under the law.

This as farmers in Seaqaqa express concern over the sale of livestock carcasses in unhygienic settings.

This follows the increasing incidents of the sale of raw beef in Labasa by cattle owners who slaughter the animals themselves and sell the meat to friends.

"People should refrain from purchasing raw meat from farmers because this is an offence under the Noxious Trade in the Public Health Act," said Mr Tunabuna.

"These concerns are encoded in our laws for the safety of the public who consume the meat," he said.

"It is only wise that people consume treated meats to ensure that our buyers have a healthy and hygienic supply of meat," he said.

Those caught committing this offence will be dealt with accordingly and farmers who are carrying out these activities should refrain from doing so.