Ban On Corn Beef Remains Until We Are Satisfied Says Minister
Minister of Agriculture Karl Samuda says that the ban on the importation and sale of corned beef products from Brazil will remain in effect. This in spite of assurances from the Brazilian embassy that none of the 21 meat- processing companies that are under probe exports to Jamaica.
The government of Brazil asked the Jamaican government to lift the ban but Samuda said that no permission would be given for the sale or distribution of the product from Brazil until the Government is sufficiently satisfied that the products are safe for consumption.
Approximately 99.5 per cent of corn beef is imported from Brazil and so on Monday, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries ordered an immediate ban on importation. The public was also urged not to consume any.
The minister stated that Jamaican officials were also to visit Brazil on a fact-finding mission to learn more, however the ban will not be lifted until the government receives an all clear.
The Brazilian Embassy in Kingston issued a statement yesterday, urging the Jamaican Government to lift the ban, stating that companies that export corned beef to Jamaica were not under investigation.
Other Caribbean countries – including Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and The Bahamas – also banned the importation of Brazilian corned beef after the news broke.