Bomet residents have been cautioned over meat they are buying from various butcheries in the area after a vehicle carrying two cows carcasses was intercepted at Bomet town raising concerns that many people could be consuming um-inspected meat.

While talking to the press in Bomet town the county veterinary director Dr. Wilson Serem said early this month people carrying livestock carcass in a pro box vehicle were arrested by police officers manning a road checkpoint and on stopping the vehicle they found that it was carrying two cows.

one was dead and the other at a point of death and led to the arrest of two men and one woman owning the vehicle.

 "The two men were later taken to court at Bomet and charged with three counts of cruelty to animals, movement of animals without permit and wrong form of transport for the animals including wrong time of doing the same." Dr. Serem said.

Area OCPD Mr. Samson Rukunga confirmed the incident and said that his office will work with other relevant authorities to ensure that food products consumed by area residents were safe for consumption.

According to Bomet Central veterinary department disease surveillance officer, Mr. Richard Koskei perpetrators of such an offence can lead to a jail term, fines or both.

The law protects both meat consumers and animals through meat control Act Cap 356 and prevention of cruelty to animals Act Cap 360 respectively.

Both veterinary officials and police have called on the general public to be vigilant offer illegal meat business and report to the authorities any suspicious incidences to ensure safety to all in the area.