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Brazilian Embassy says other countries have lifted corned beef ban

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 3:28 PM
Jamaica last week Monday announced a ban on corned beef imports

The Brazilian Embassy appears to be making another attempt to have the Jamaican authorities lift its ban on corned beef imports from the south American country.

In a release this afternoon, the embassy pointed out that major markets including the European Union, USA, Canada, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, did not impose a total ban on Brazilian meat imports in the wake of reports of irregularities in the inspection of meat products from Brazil.

It said these countries have either applied a ban on the 21 companies involved in the so-called 'weak flesh' investigation, or increased their levels of inspections.

According to the embassy, while China, Chile, Egypt, Barbados and South Korea had complete bans up to yesterday, they have now indicated that the restriction will be confined to the 21 implicated companies.

The Embassy has also released the names of the 21 implicated Brazilian companies.

While the Embassy did not appeal to the Jamaican Government to rethink its position, today’s release follows a plea by the embassy last week for the ban to be discontinued.


IN PHOTO: Donovan Stanberry

However, the Agriculture Ministry has declared that the ban on the importation and the distribution of corned beef from Brazil will remain until it has completed relevant tests.

 

Permanent Secretary in the Agriculture Ministry, Donovan Stanberry

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Donovan Stanberry said Jamaica’s technical team is to leave the island tomorrow as the Government conducts its own probe into the contaminated corned beef saga in Brazil.

He said  the team will include personnel from the Veterinary Services Division, Public Health Department, the Bureau of Standards, the Consumer Affairs Commission and representatives of corned beef importers.

Stanberry also said testing is underway on samples of corned beef from Brazil.