Former Minister of Commerce, Emma Hippolyte, has called for the government here to take ‘appropriate action’, amid reports that major Brazilian producers have been selling rotten meat and poultry.
Hippolyte urged officials of the Ministry of Commerce, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Bureau of Standards to meet to determine the course of action.
“The role of government is to protect the people,” the former Minister declared.
She told the the Times that the Brazilian Ambassador here should be contacted.
Jamaica, which gets over 90 percent of corned beef products from Brazil, yesterday banned the importation of the products from that country.
Jamaican authorities announced the withdrawal of all corned beef from shelves and have advised consumers not to eat the product until further notice.
Starting today, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica will conduct chemical tests to ascertain the contents of corned beef on the market.
In addition, Jamaican officials have put a temporary hold on all permits for the import of corned beef from Brazil.