Former Minister urges corned beef probe

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 ย a temporary hold on all permits for the import of corned beef from Brazil.




  1. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    She looks like corn beef…

  2. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Miss y Hippolyte where as I will agree that the government should look at this corned beef thing seriously, it appears that you are a regular reader of the St Lucia Times like me. You read the Jamaica statement on the issue and now you want to put pressure on he government. You should know that all imported meat products have to be approved by the Ministry that means the government has the right stop it from entering the commerce of he country. What if our government is contemplating removing what is already on the shelves. You are just to fast and not proactive.

  3. Sad-But-True
    March 21, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Emma, please we should all pray that the UWP supporters consume it at a very high rate. Better yet, they should reduce the price just for them. After they’ve gone, we can rebuild our lovely island once again.

    1. Anonymous
      March 21, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Alot my years to wait sad but true๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“….keep commenting until 2020๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    2. Anonymous
      March 21, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      I am so happy you are aware that Emma and Co can never win an election again. Flambeaus have to die for the SLP to win.

      1. Sad-But-True
        March 22, 2017 at 4:41 am

        You are so politically inferior it’s no joke. You will get a shocker ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Anonymous
        March 22, 2017 at 7:34 am

        I will? I have only one vote. I don’t know about you, since you can say who will be winning.

      3. Anonymous
        March 22, 2017 at 12:57 pm

        Haha love it

  4. Sad-But-True
    March 21, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Excuse my punctuation.

    1. Anonymous
      March 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Punctuation is the least of it. Your entire existence is a terrible mistake. You are excused…

  5. Anonymous
    March 21, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Now we need a local laboratory which can check for contaminants and carcinogens in imported beef and poultry. I eating local beef, mutton and chicken from now on.
    No more corn beef and rice for me.
    Where KFC and Church’s getting their beef and chicken from?

  6. Calvin
    March 22, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Madam, a very nice try to change the channel on the crisis that our island faces and for which you have been conspicuously absent in the media about what you, as a Cabinet minister, are working within your portfolio and your mandate are doing to achieve measurable results.

    It’s very disappointing.

    Further, this seemingly blown up supposed crisis wold have been negated with proper, internationally credible sampling and analysis protocols by the government of SLU on food products imported to the island.

    Clearly, the government got caught with its pants down, and you seemingly are trying to make a wallet out of a sow’s ear by sugesting expenditure of further time and resources on situational navel-gazing when the government should have for all these years been doing the diligence done by many other countries.

    There are no excuses. Leadership is not defined by screaming after the horse left the barn when it was known that there was no one tending the barn.

    Such a disappointment, yet again, Minister. it’s somewhat of a mess, it really is. And we wonder why there is increasing social unrest.