Barbadians put on look-out for illegal rat poison
The public is being placed on alert for an “extremely toxic” brand of rat poison which the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management said was being imported illegally.
In a warning issued this afternoon through a Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) release, the ministry did not name the rat poison but said it was being sold by unauthorized individuals.
“The illegal product is extremely toxic and can result in death to persons and animals,” the release quoted Chief Agricultural Officer Lennox Chandler as saying.
“He noted that it has not been approved by the Pesticide Control Board (PCB) and no one has a licence to import it,” the release continued.
Chandler advised consumers to purchase rat poison only from authorized places of business, and warned that anyone found with the illegal poison could be prosecuted.
“A licence to import any form of pesticide for agricultural or household use must be obtained from the PCB at the [ministry], and persons found in possession of this product can be prosecuted under the appropriate legislation,” the agriculture official said in the BGIS release.