Jamaica monitoring US ban of Brazilian fresh meat imports
Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda, says Jamaica is monitoring the situation surrounding the ban by the United States on the importation of fresh beef from Brazil arising from safety concerns.
Yesterday, the US Department of Agriculture indicated that it was prompted to act after a significant proportion of Brazilian meat failed safety tests.
The department pointed out that the Food Safety and Inspection Service has refused entry to 11 per cent of Brazilian fresh beef products in the past three months.
The department noted that this figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world.
Since the end of March the American authorities have refused entry to a total of 1.9 million pounds of Brazilian meat products over public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues.
This morning, Jamaica’s agriculture minister said the ministry is monitoring this development.
Samuda noted that the island does not import fresh beef from Brazil and as such Jamaica does not need to impose a similar ban.
Brazil is the world's biggest red meat and poultry exporter, selling more than $12 billion a year.
Analysts say the US government's decision is likely to have a negative effect on the Brazilian meat industry.