Written by on March 21, 2017

Jamaica has joined other nations across the world in banning canned corned beef imported from Brazil.

Yesterday, Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, released a statement imposing the immediate import ban following reports that several Brazilian meat processors are selling rotten beef and poultry.

The companies in question supply 99% of canned corned beef sold in Jamaican markets and are believed to have paid large bribes inspectors and politicians to obtain fraudulent sanitary licenses.

In addition the import ban, all corned beef currently on store shelves will be withdrawn, and the public has been instructed not to consume the food until further notice.

The release further said the products pulled from shelves will be chemically tested by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, and the Ministry’s Veterinary Services Division will conduct microbiological and residue tests, all to determine if contaminants are present.

Brazil is one of the world’s largest exporters of meat. Currently there are 21 meat processors under investigation and Brazilian police
have raided more than a dozen processing plants and arrested more than 30 people.

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