Meat importers told to get pemits first

The Veterinary Services Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Fisheries and Water Resource Management is reminding persons travelling and planning to bring in meat or animal products that they must first obtain a permit to do so.

The permit will allow the bearer to import up to 25 pounds of meat or meat products in their original packing from the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Meat and meat products include but are not limited to, fresh, frozen or chilled cuts of meat and poultry, pastries containing meat filling including meat patties, meat rolls or rotis and processed meats including ham, sausages, bacon, hot dogs, hamburgers, haggis, canned hams and other meats.

Also, persons interested in importing patties of any variety from Jamaica or fully cooked poultry products from all CARICOM countries must also obtain a permit.

However, individuals may import up to 25 pounds of commercially canned meat products in the original packaging without a permit from any country for personal use.

Applications for permits may be obtained at the Veterinary Services office, the Pine, St. Michael.

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