Saint Lucia has implemented a ban on corned beef from Brazil days after the former President of the National Consumers Association (NCA), Kingsley St Hill, called for it.
Former Commerce Minister, Emma Hippolyte had also called in a recent interview with the Times, for local authorities to take ‘appropriate action’ in regard to the Brazil meat scandal.
Local officials yesterday advised members of the public not to consume Brazilian corned beef until further notice.
- A temporary suspension on the importation of corned beef from Brazil into Saint Lucia, to be imposed with immediate effect
- Detention of all corned beef originating from Brazil until further notice
- Increased surveillance of establishments that trade in corned beef or related products locally
- Continued networking with regional and sub-regional partner agencies in developing a common position in response to this matter
“We can’t afford to take chances with this bad meat,” former NCA President, Kingsley St Hill told the Times.
Jamaica on Monday became the first Caribbean country to announce a ban on Brazilian corned beef following reports that several major Brazilian meat processors have been selling rotten beef and poultry.
Jamaican authorities advised people not to consume Brazilian corned beef until further notice and announced plans to remove the product from supermarket shelves.
In Trinidad, the Ministry of Agriculture issued instructions for a recall of the potentially tainted products and put a hold on the issuing of any new import permits for Brazilian meat.
In addition, they announced a recall of corned beef, chicken nuggets and patties imported from Brazil.
Barbados and Dominica have also joined in the ban on meat and meat products from Brazil, where meat processors are alleged to have paid hefty bribes to auditors in exchange for fraudulent sanitary licences.