JAMAICA - Dominica and St Lucia are two of the latest Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to announce a ban on the imports of corned beef from Brazil.
According to The Gleaner, Dominica's Director of Trade, Matthan J. Walter, in a release yesterday said that a joint decision was made following discussions with local stakeholders, adding that 78 per cent of the imports of corned beef comes from Brazil.
"Although we have not imported corned beef from Brazil from since 2016, we believe that there may still be business places with corned beef from Brazil being sold and as a result of which the Environmental Health Unit will carry out investigations in the business places that have been identified."
He said that a mandate has been given to distributors to remove corned beef in circulation as a matter of caution.
In the case of St Lucia, although the island is not an importer of fresh and frozen beef, neither poultry nor poultry products from Brazil, it is estimated that approximately 90 per cent of the corned beef imported originates from Brazil.
A government statement noted that since the commencement of the investigation, several countries have instituted measures to restrict their importation of meat and poultry products from Brazil.
In light of theses developments, St Lucia has, with immediate effect, imposed a temporary suspension on the importation of corned beef from Brazil.
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