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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica lifts ban on corned beef

By Jamaica Observer

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cornbJAMAICA OBSERVER – The temporary ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil has been lifted.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda made the announcement this morning at a press briefing after discussions with stakeholders in the industry.

“That means that all imports en route, all stocks of corned beef that were quarantined, all stocks of corned beef in warehouses on the wharf, or elsewhere, destined for distribution across the country can now be released for distribution,” he said.

The ministry imposed a ban on the import of corned beef from Brazil after an emergency meeting on March 20 after reports from Brazilian authorities that several major Brazilian meat processors had been “selling rotten beef and poultry”.

Consumers were urged not to purchase the product and local distributors withdrew corned beef from their shelves. According to the ministry, Brazil supplies 99.5 per cent of the corned beef on the local market.

Samuda indicated today that the decision to lift the ban came as a result of local testing carried out by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the Veterinarian Services of the ministry, which found the product to be uncontaminated or “within normal limits”.

Furthermore, teams from the ministry, as well as the Health Ministry, which visited two plants from in Brazil where most of the corned beef destined for Jamaica is manufactured, found that they were in compliance with the necessary standards.

The teams visited the country March 29 to April 2.

“In specific terms, factory number 337 and 226 were found to be in compliance with the international and quality safety standards. All the phytosanitary and other measures required to ensure safety in the consumption of the product manufactured were within the required standards,” he said.

Samuda assured that the ministry will continue to monitor the situation.

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8 comments

  1. That was just a prank from Jamaica because they want to produce their own corn beef. Liars. They never took if off the shelf in America and I know that would be headline news or a recall and never was.

    Jamaicans are liars.

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    • Theo, why don’t you just Google “Brazilian beef ban” and stop your nonsense. Your statement seems to suggest that all the governments of the Caribbean countries including St. Lucia and the many countries over the world placing a temporary ban on Brazilian meat products, in light of the recent rotten meat scandal in Brazil are liars. Several countries have since rescinded the ban. While you are at it, search the internet for the USA’s statements and actions on the Brazilian meat crisis

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  2. I will never eat corn beef again especially 'made in china.' yeeak!

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  3. Jamaicans got a hand out , got paid, corrupt, liars, do not use the corned beef in St. l
    Lucia it is not safe.

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  4. *** error*** "bee-eaters" should read, "bee-eaters".

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  5. But rumour has it that we are so short of beef, we could do with any beef. With all that holy veggie/vegan nonsense flying around, bee-eaters and meat-eaters are tempted to eat even the rope these animals are tied on.

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  6. concerned foreign citizen

    Oh yeah. Not for me for sure. We don't need cornbeef in St Lucia.

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  7. Lawyer lier tiff

    Somebody got paid

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