Skip to code content (skip section selection)
(A) Carcasses of young calves, pigs, kids and lambs are unfit for human consumption and shall be condemned, if:
(1) The meat has the appearance of being water-soaked, is loose, flabby, tears easily and can be perforated with the fingers;
(2) Its color is grayish red;
(3) Good muscular development as a whole is lacking, which condition is especially noticeable on the upper shank of the leg, where small amounts of serous infiltrates or small edematous patches are sometimes present between the muscles; and/or
(4) The tissue which later develops as the fat capsule of the kidneys is edematous, dirty yellow or grayish red, tough and intermixed with islands of fat.
(B) All unborn and stillborn animals shall be condemned, and no hide or skin thereof shall be removed from the carcass within a room in which edible products are handled. Nor shall any meager, sickly, or unwholesome fish, birds or fowl, be brought into the city or held, sold or offered for sale for human food.
(C) The possession of any such flesh dressed in a manner suitable for sale or use shall be deemed prima facie evidence of an intent to sell and a violation of the provisions of this section.
(1967 Code, Appendix A, § 18)
(D) The body of any animal or any part thereof, which is to be used as human food, shall not be carted or carried through the streets or avenues, unless it be so covered as to protect it from dust and dirt; and no meat, poultry, fish or game shall be hung or exposed for sale in any street or outside of any ship or store, or in the open windows or doorways thereof, in the city. No meat or dead animal above the size of a rabbit shall be taken to any public or private market to be sold for human food until the game shall have been fully cooled after killing, nor until the entrails, head and feet (except of poultry and game, and except the heads and feet of swine) have been removed.
(1967 Code, Appendix A, § 19)
(E) No cattle shall be killed for human food while in an overheated, feverish or diseased condition; and all such diseased cattle in the city and the place where found, and their disease, shall be at once reported to the Department of Public Health by the owner or custodian thereof, that the proper order may be made relative thereto, or for the removal thereof.
(1967 Code, Appendix A, § 20)
(F) Every butcher and his agents shall allow the parties authorized by the Health Department to freely and fully inspect the cattle, meats, fish and vegetables held or kept by them, or intended for sale, and shall answer all reasonable and proper questions asked by such persons relative to the condition thereof, and of the places where the articles may be.
(1967 Code, Appendix A, § 21)
Penalty, see § 96.999