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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.

4 Responses to Barbadians put on look-out for illegal rat poison

  1. Steve Hollingsworth
    Steve Hollingsworth August 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Wow. And this got passed Customs??? I guess you are speaking about huge quantities??

  2. Brien King
    Brien King August 29, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    It is a pity the name wasn’t given but that is how it is. You have uncovered one of the many doors to death here, very good, more to come to light hopefully sooner or later.

  3. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman August 29, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    How can we be “on the lookout” for something which is not named? How ridiculous not to alert the public to the brand name or give a more detailed description.

    There are so many cheap imports on the shelves of retail outlets in Barbados that it is difficult to know what is legitimate and what is not.

  4. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain August 29, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Aammm……if it is not asking of too much…..can the ministry mention the name of the rat poison?……it is pointless with no merit of warning the public of a product that has no name….


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