Caution out on cattle slaughtering

Waimaro dairy farmer in Tailevu Habindar Singh with his left over cattle yesterday. Most of his cattle were affected with TB and slaughtered. Picture: RAMA

CATTLE farmers have been advised to ensure that all cattle destined to be sold for human consumption are slaughtered and inspected through registered abattoirs Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu reiterated this after an increase in cases of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cattle in the country this year.

He said this was a requirement by law.

“All carcasses are to be inspected by qualified and trained meat inspectors who are also paravets,” he said.

“The ministry has also deployed specialists from New Zealand to also supervise and audit our meat inspection process.”

Mr Seruiratu said cattle farmers must closely work with the ministry and follow the advice provided by ministry officials.

“It is advisable that backyard slaughtering of cattle be avoided. “The general public is invited to request our livestock officers to be present at traditional gatherings where cattle are slaughtered to inspect whether the meat from these slaughtered cattle are free of any TB,” he said.

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