Stolen wings

Dumped poultry removed from St Thomas dumpsite

Health authorities Wednesday issued a warning to citizens to be on the look out for contaminated turkey wings after several cases from a contaminated shipment that were recently dumped at the Mangrove Landfill in St Thomas were apparently stolen from the landfill.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best confirmed to Barbados TODAY Wednesday afternoon that the 650 cases of condemned wings — deemed to be unfit for human consumption — were disposed of two weeks ago.

However, Dr Best said it has since been discovered that some of the contaminated cases were illegally removed from the dumpsite, raising fears that they may have been offered on the market for sale.

“A decision was made by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with other partners to dump them . . . [but] apparently as soon as our guys left, some people went in and took up some of the turkey wings. So obviously the turkey wings were deemed unfit for human consumption and there is a risk of them even being more unfit for human consumption by the fact that they have started to thaw out, and that they could have been exposed to contaminants in the soil at the landfill,” the concerned health official said.

Dr Anton Best

Barbados TODAY was first alerted to the situation Wednesday by a concerned citizen, who did not want to be identified, but expressed alarm over the development.

When contacted earlier Wednesday afternoon, Dr Best confirmed the matter was under active investigation and that an unspecified number of the dumped turkey wings had been unlawfully removed from a hole that had been dug for disposal of the contaminated meat products, even though the hole was  covered up after disposal.

While admitting that the authorities were still in the dark about who was responsible for the illegal act and about exactly how many of the contaminated turkey wings were stolen, Best Wednesday warned that action could put the lives of consumers at risk.

“Obviously we would be very concerned about people consuming them because they were dumped for a reason in the first place,” he said, adding that the perpetrator or perpetrators may very well have taken them for personal use.

“We would advise against that . . . it may very well have been somebody taking them to sell, we would advise against that too,” the senior medical official said.

It was not immediately clear from whence the condemned turkey shipment originated.

However, commenting on the development, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul said he was happy that local health authorities were carefully scrutinizing imported poultry and other food products in order to safeguard the health of Barbadians.

James Paul

“It is always unfortunate to see food being dumped, but certainly I think that the health authorities are doing what they are supposed to do in terms of ensuring any foods consumed by Barbadians, whether produced locally or imported, have proper standards,” Paul said, adding that this was one of the things the industry had been consistently calling for — greater scrutiny of food items.

 “The fact that this [dumping] has happened [indicates] that health authorities do have an eye out and we hope that they would continue to be vigilant in terms of ensuring foods that are of less than desirable quality are not consumed by Barbadians,” he added.

The BAS head also took the opportunity to reiterate his strong stance against the importation of poultry products. “We believe that the industry, if given the opportunity in Barbados, can supply 100 per cent of the poultry. The problem of course, is that we have a private sector, or parts of the private sector, which have an interest in importation . . . they do not want to work to develop the poultry industry in this country,” he said.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

19 Responses to Stolen wings

  1. Kevin April 27, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Lets hope it went to feed some dogs.

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    • Leroy April 27, 2017 at 1:44 am

      “Lets hope it went to feed some dogs.”

      And not dogs stealing it to feed humans.

      MOH should see to it these items are incinerated.
      Or find some way to have them processed as dog meat.

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    • harry turnover April 27, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Maybe it went to feed some pigs too.I don’t eat any of them,dogs,pigs nor turkey.

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      • Leroy April 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

        True, ya dont know whats in a pork chop these days, ya might be eating “contaminated turkey wings” in ya next pork chop.

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  2. Bobolee Popo April 27, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Apparently,somebody getting tru licking..

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  3. Rosie April 27, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Why weren’t the wings disposed of properly?
    I am sure that dumping contaminated material in a land fill where animals and people could remove them is not standard operating procedure. Shouldn’t they have been incinerated?

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  4. Trevor April 27, 2017 at 7:50 am

    No wonder some body was on FB selling them at $50.00 per case

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  5. Milli Watt April 27, 2017 at 8:24 am

    SSSTTTUUUUPPPSSSEEEE……….the thing is the authorities know who it is and this is allowed to continue every day at that dump.

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  6. J A April 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Now Kevin,if the Turkey wings are not fit for human consumption, why should it be fit for a dog,I hope the authorities catch up with those persons sooner than later before they make ppl dick,with that amout stolen,clearly some will be sold

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  7. Helicopter(8P) April 27, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Here again! No security camera on site! It’s relatively inexpensive to have a monitoring system today!

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  8. Turbulent Lord April 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Are you familiar with the scope of the landfill and where the necessary infrastructure is located to help facilitate CCTV monitoring? I could say I’ve first hand done such a job on a site far smaller than Stinkeroo and the costs associated with installation because of lack of certain necessities, makes such a task extremely expensive just for “garbage”

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  9. Sheron Inniss April 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Is there no security at the landfill? If no, what is the hold up? The landfill has been there forever. If yes, it could only be an inside job. Steupse/LOL

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    • harry turnover April 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Maybe the Authorities don’t want to place a brand new security camera at a dump cause somebody might think it was dump there and teef it too.

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  10. Helicopter(8P) April 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    The point of debarkation and date of laden would have been placed on the importers invoice. If they were locally produced a date stamp and food/health inspectors signature would have been signed and dated.

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  11. harry turnover April 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    ….and suppose someone switched around the contaminated ones put them on the shelf,sent the good ones to be buried at the dump for someone else to dig for them ?
    Man dem turkey wings dun get lime and salt,seasoned bake,broil or fry and people eating them wid ketchup and pepper sauce. People think that only turkey wings does get teef from the landfill ? English potatoes,apples onions etc don’t even get to the landfill sometimes.
    The Don got to find out now if it was an inside job at the outside landfill or an inside job at the BADMC and if the top still doan know what the middle or the bottom doing a la chicken wings

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  12. Charles Legall April 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    What’s the Minister of Health doing to replace the old brigade of EHO that have retired so that the proper inspection of food businesses can be carried out and monitored.

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  13. hcalndre April 27, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I do not hear no complain about the imported giant size turkey wings that look more like godziila wings to me, like I about the size of the chicken wings from the US saying that they are injected because they`re bigger than the home grown.

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  14. Pat April 27, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Odear hope no one ate them

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  15. Anotherdayinbim! April 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

    The MOH should never dump 650 cases of meat in a landfill to pose another health hazard. It should all have been incinerated as a proper measures therefore this does not look good on their part from many angles

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