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Musson Jamaica says Brazilian supplier not implicated in rotten beef scandal

Published:Monday | March 27, 2017 | 12:12 PM

Musson Jamaica Limited, which sells Nupak Corned Beef, is reporting that its Brazilian supplier has not been implicated in the rotten meat scandal in the South American country.

In a notice to customers, Musson said it is conducting  its own testing of its corned beef both privately and through the Government.

The company also says the health and safety of its customers are of utmost importance.

According to Musson, it is also complying with the Government’s import ban.

As a result, Musson says it has asked retailers to remove its Nupak corned beef from their shelves until the Ministry of Agriculture completes its investigation.

A technical team will also visit Brazil this week as part of the investigation.

Jamaica imposed the ban on corned beef from Brazil last Monday after reports that several major suppliers were selling rotten meat and had bribed officials to issue safety certificates.

Since then the Brazilian Embassy in Kingston has said none of the 21 companies under probe has a trade relationship with Jamaica.

However, the Agriculture Ministry says it will not lift the ban until it completes an independent probe.

Jamaica receives 99.5 per cent of its corned beef from Brazil.