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The temporary restriction which was imposed on March 21, was put in place by Agriculture Minster Clarence Rambharat after it was revealed by Brazilian authorities to have been investigating a private manufacturer using rotted meat.
The Ministry made the announcement to lift the temporary restriction on both the import and retail sale of meat products from Brazil including corned beef, chicken patties and chicken nuggets.
In a release, the Ministry stated that correspondence from Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture Blairo Maggi to Minister Clarence Rambharat confirmed there had been no exports of meat products to Trinidad and Tobago from any of the processing plants under investigation by Brazilian authorities.
In a correspondence from the Brazilian official, Maggi reiterated the Brazilian government’s rigorous audit and risk-assessment protocols for its meat products as they relate to food inspection and food quality.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries also received and considered the advice made by the Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Roshan Parasram, which was based on the results of tests conducted by the Chemistry, Food and Drug Division on samples of corned beef imported from Brazil prior to the March 21 restriction.
The CMO advised that the tests “revealed that these samples were safe and that the product standards were in keeping with international accepted criteria for food safety. Furthermore, samples of corned beef were visually examined and no visible signs of damaged or rusted cans observed. Also the labels were in compliance with the requirements of Section 16 of the Food and Drugs Regulation,” the release stated.
The Ministry has advised the Ministry of Health to discontinue the recall of meat products imported from Brazil prior to March 21, following the decision to lift the restriction on Brazilian meat imports.
The Ministry stated that , supermarkets and other wholesale and retail outlets are once more permitted to sell meat products imported from Brazil including corned beef, chicken patties and chicken nuggets originating from Brazil and imported into Trinidad and Tobago prior to the restriction date.
With immediate effect, the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries will resume issuing import permits for meat products from Brazil.
“Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat continues to monitor this situation via regular updates from Dr. Amery Browne, Trinidad and Tobago’s ambassador to Brazil who, in fact, is scheduled to meet with Brazilian Government officials today in Brazil,” the release said.