The state veterinary services are conducting intensive controls on more than 590 butcher shops island wide ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
According to the vet services’ Nadia Kalli, the checks will last until January 9.
Kalli said that inspections will take place in 48 wholesale meat sellers and 596 butchers. Strict controls are also made on meat imported from other European Union countries.
“We generally conduct checks throughout the year, but this period inspections become more intensive due to the holidays. There will also be a focus on compliance of businesses as regards hygiene issues and (meat) markings,” Kalli said.
To-date no irregularities had been recorded, she said. Violations usually concern the absence of markings. All meat leaving an approved slaughterhouse, she said, is supervised by an official veterinarian and must have the appropriate markings.
Each slaughtered animal, she said, must bear six stamps. “One on each leg, one on each side of the chest, and one on each shoulder.”