Jamaica bans corned beef imports from Brazil

Amid fears of rotten processed meat being used in its products, the Government of Jamaica has banned the importation of corned beef from Brazil – where 99.5 per cent of the local product comes from. The public is also being urged not to eat any corned beef until the relevant tests have been done.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries advised of the decision over the scandal in the South American country that has been triggered by reports from Brazilian authorities that several major Brazilian meat processors have been “selling rotten beef and poultry”.

The Brazilian companies implicated supply the 99.5 per cent of corned beef imported into Jamaica, the ministry said in a statement.

Portfolio minister Karl Samuda said an emergency meeting was called yesterday from which the following decisions were agreed:

1. A temporary hold will be placed on all permits for the import of corned beef from Brazil.

2. As a precautionary measure, all corned beef currently on the shelves will be withdrawn.

3. The National Food Recall Committee will meet immediately to determine the next steps and inform when it will be safe to consume the product.

Starting today, Samuda said the Bureau of Standards Jamaica will conduct chemical tests to ascertain the contents of corned beef on the market.

Speaking on RJR 94FM yesterday, permanent secretary in the ministry, Donovan Stanberry, said the decision was a precautionary one and that the distributors were in agreement.

Last week, the Brazilian police named BRF (the world’s largest meat producer) and JBS (the biggest poultry exporter), along with smaller companies in a two-year corruption probe, Reuters news agency reported.

The police allege that the companies paid inspectors and politicians to overlook the processing of rotten meat and exports with fraudulent documentation and even traces of salmonella.

China and the European Union have curtailed meat imports from Brazil.

10 Responses to Jamaica bans corned beef imports from Brazil

  1. Gearbox1964 March 21, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Oh damn…when last wunna eat some crush cow?

  2. Meakai March 21, 2017 at 8:40 am

    So wait, wuh I suppose to do wid dese six half tins dat left back from de last time de country get shut down?

    Duh come from Brazil so I between to minds caw de ole people seh wuh doan kill iz fatten. Poor people just can’t win boy!

    Good thing elections ain’t anytime soon.

  3. Alex Alleyne March 21, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Make sure they don’t make it’s way into BARBADOS “tru the back door”………PLEASE.

  4. Charmaine Carter 1st Vice President of Domino Association March 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Good morning

    I browsed through your sporting section and dominoes was not mentioned is there anyway that we can be added and what is required of the National Domino Whist & Hearts Clubs’ Association to make this happen. We will provide you with info on Mondays and Fridays.

  5. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte March 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    TNT has now ban corned beef from Brazil as well

  6. Jennifer March 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Well done Jamaica, apart from saving health u will RETAIN some foreign exchange.

  7. just observing March 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I do not think we should wait for a ban by authorities. Leave the stuff on the shelves and throw out any you have in your cupboards. Better to be safe than sorry.

  8. harry turnover March 21, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Just like when cars are recalled in big up Countries the Authorities here would say that ours are safe,no defects etc,look out for the Authorities saying that we corn beef safe too.

    • Jennifer March 21, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      That’s because everything goes here. No food testing facilities and our food standards agency appears to be non productive too just like all the other governmental areas. Just CHEWING and SWALLOWING DOWN LIKE SHEEP to the SLAUGHTER.

  9. North Point March 21, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    corn beef and biscuits are well written in the Barbadian mind, it played a very strong role during election times many years ago, so Bajans aint gine take it too kind if their favourite meal is removed from the shelves, brazil, Argentina, or Denmark, we like we corn beef.


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