§19-2B-1. Purpose and construction.
Subject to the provisions of section seven of this article,
the basic purpose of this article is to provide for the inspection,
labeling and disposition of animals, poultry, carcasses, meat
products and poultry products which are to be sold or offered for
sale through commercial outlets for human consumption, the
licensing of commercial slaughterers, custom slaughterers and
processors, and the inspection of slaughterhouses and processing
plants located in the state of West Virginia. This article, being
intended to protect the health of the citizens of West Virginia,
shall be liberally construed.