THE PUBLIC HEALTH ACT
(under section 14)
(Made by the Minister on the 15th day of August 1989)
[15th August 1989]
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Public Health (Meat Inspection) Regulations, 1989.
2. In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires-- ''animals" means cattle, swine, sheep, and goats;
"blood" means the blood derived from an animal;
"carcass" means the body of a slaughtered animal which has been bled and dressed;
"inspector" means a Public Health Inspector or any other person designated by the Minister for the purpose of these Regulations from persons who by training and experience are, in his opinion, qualified to be so designated;
"offal" means any part 04 a slaughtered animal removed from the carcass in the process d dressing it;
"slaughterhouse" means a place for slaughtering animals which are intended for human consumption.
3.-(1) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations,no person shall slaughter, or cause to be slaughtered, any animal for human consumption unless such person has, not less than twenty-four hours before the time of slaughter, informed the Local Board of Health within whose district the place of slaughter is situated, of the day and time and place on which the slaughter will take place.
(2) This regulation shall not apply-
(a) in any case where an animal is slaughtered in a public slaughterhouse under the management of a Parish Council or the Council of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation; or
(b) in any case where by reason of accidental injury, illness. exposure to infection or other emergency affecting the animal it is necessary that the animal should be slaughtered without delay.
(3) Where because of an emergency an animal has been slaughtered without delay, the Local Board d Health shall be informed of the slaughter as soon as reasonably possible thereafter.
4. On receipt of a notification pursuant to regulation 3, the Local Board of Health shall arrange for an inspector to make an inspection in accordance with these Regulations.
5. Every animal to be slaughtered for human consumption (except an animal slaughtered because of an emergency) and the carcass, offal and blood of the animal slaughtered shall be inspected by an inspector in accordance with these Regulations.
6. No carcass, offal or blood of any animal shall be sold for human consumption unless it has been passed fit for human consumption and marked by an inspector who has carried out an inspection in accordance with these Regulations.
7.-(1) In determining whether he is satisfied that an animal is fit to be slaughtered for human consumption or that the colors, offal or blood d the animal is so fit, the inspector shall have regard to the provisions of Schedule I to these Regulations.
(2) For the purpose of an inspection under these Regulations d the carcass, offal or blood of any animal, the inspector may take samples from such carcass, offal or blood for submission for laboratory examination.
(3) Proper identification shall be made by the inspector of any samples taken for laboratory examination and the sample shall be accompanied by any explanatory information as may be necessary.
(4) Care shall be taken of samples to ensure that they arrive at the laboratory in good condition.
8. Every person who slaughters or causes to be slaughtered any animal intended for human consumption shall ensure that the carcass is dressed immediately after the animal has been slaughtered and the following provisions are complied with-
(a) that the carcass is dressed and treated in such a manner as not to prevent or hinder inspection in accordance with these Regulations;
(b) that no action is taken which might alter or destroy any evidence of disease except on the instructions of the inspectors;
(c) that the offal and blood, after removal from the carcass, are so kept as to remain readily identifiable with the carcass, until these have been inspected by the inspector;
(d) that any blood intended for human consumption is collected and placed in a clean receptacle provided by the person for that purpose.
9. Subject to these Regulations, no person shall remove or cause or permit to be removed from a slaughterhouse or other placed slaughter any carcass or part thereof or any offal or blood of any animal slaughtered therein unless it has been inspected in accordance with these Regulations and passed fit for human consumption by the inspector and in the case of any carcass or part of a carcass, until it has been marked in accordance with regulation 10.
10.-(1) Where after inspection in accordance with these Regulations an inspector is satisfied that a carcass, or part of a carcass, is fit for human consumption, he shall stamp the carcass, or part thereof as the case may be, with a mark of the kind and in the appropriate manner described in Schedule I1 of these Regulations.
(2) Whwe an inspector is not satisfied in relation to any part of a carcass, he shall not mark the carcass or any part thereof until the part in relation to which he is not satisfied is removed.
(3) No person other than an inspector shall, in relation to any carcass or part of a carcass, make use elf any mark described in Schedule 1 of these Regulations or make any mark resembling a mark described in Schedule 11 as to be calculated to deceive.
11.-(1) If any ani'mal carcass, blood or offal appears to the inspector to be diseased or otherwise unfit for human consumption the inspector shall condemn same and cause it to be seized and destroyed or otherwise disposed of or dealt with so as to prevent it from being exposed for sale or used for human consumption:
Provided that if any animal carcass, blood or offal is seized by the inspector and the owner or person in pos~sessiond such carcass, blood or offal is dissatisfied with such seizure, such owner or person
may forthwith appeal to the Veterinary Officer of the district or his deputy to view ,the animal or part thus seized, and if in the opinion of the Veterinary Officer of the district or his deputy such animal or part is not diseased, unsound or unfit from human consumption, he shall give a written certificate to that effect to such owner or person whereupon the animal or parts shall be returned.
(2) Unless an appeal is made within six hours after seizure under paragraph (I), any such seizure and subsequent destruction d animal carcass, offal or blood shall be deemed and taken for dl purposes to have been legally effective.
12. Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any of the provisions of these Regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable, on summary conviction before a Resident Magisate%Court, to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or to both such fine and imprisonment.