The Ministry of Health in Jamaica is warning that the consumption of mongoose meat by persons could carry potential health risks. Head of Veterinary Public Health Dr. Linnette Peters in an interview with CVM TV, stated that the ministry has received reports that mongoose meat was served in St. Thomas at an annual festival held in the Mongoose, mongoose vs snake, mongoose meatparish. Mongoose meat is being consumed mostly by men due to the belief that doing so will boost their sexual prowess. The Health Ministry Official informed that if the meat is served or it is offered to eat, persons consume the meat at their own risk as the Health Ministry will not take responsibility for persons as there are currently no provisions or regulations regarding the eating of mongoose.
Mongooses live in southern Asia, Africa, and southern Europe, as well in Puerto Rico and some Caribbean and Hawaiian islands, where they are an introduced species. There are 33 species, ranging from 1 to 4 feet (0.30 to 1.2 m) in length. Mongooses range in weight from the common dwarf mongoose, at 10 oz (280 g), to the cat-sized white-tailed mongoose, at 9 lb (4.1 kg).