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Samuda to make corned beef ban update tomorrow

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 4:07 PM

Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda, is to update the country tomorrow on the temporary ban on corned beef from Brazil amid the ongoing contaminated meat scandal.

Samuda has called a press conference for 11 o’clock tomorrow morning.

The ban and recall of Brazilian corned beef was imposed two weeks ago.

Ninety-nine-point-five per cent of the corned beef supplied to Jamaica comes from Brazil.

A technical team from the agriculture and commerce ministry and corned beef importers visited the South American country last week to investigate.

At the same time, the ministry was conducting analysis on samples taken from corned beef on the market.

The ministry said it would not lift the ban until relevant tests have been completed and it concludes its probe.

After Jamaica imposed the ban, the Brazilian Embassy in Kingston reported that none of the 21 companies implicated in the rotten meat probe in the South American country has exported to Jamaica in the past 60 days.

Noting that companies that export to Jamaica have been complying with all licensing and health regulations, the embassy said Jamaica should consider reviewing the ban.

However, those calls were rejected.