Jamaica has slapped an immediate ban on Brazilian corned beef.
The ban was announced yesterday by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.
It follows reports from Brazilian authorities that several major Brazilian meat processors have been “selling rotten beef and poultry”.
The companies are also alleged to have paid hefty bribes to auditors in exchange for fraudulent sanitary licenses.
According to reports, the Brazilian companies implicated by the Brazilian authorities supply 99.5 per cent of the corned beef on the local market.
Jamaican authorities are reported to have announced plans to withdraw all Brazilian corned beef from shelves and have advised consumers not to consume the product until further notice.