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Barbados says permits needed to import Jamaican patties

Published:Wednesday | June 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Barbados government Tuesday warned importers of patties of any variety from Jamaica, or fully cooked poultry products from any Caricom country, that they must first obtain a permit.

A government statement also informed persons travelling abroad who wished to bring back meat or any animal product that they, too, must first obtain an import permit from the Veterinary Services Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management.

The permit allows persons to import up to 25 pounds of meat or meat products in their original packaging from the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and the United Kingdom.

"Meat and meat products include, but are not limited to, fresh, frozen or chilled cuts of meat or poultry; and pastries containing meat filling, including meat patties, meat rolls and rotis. Processed meats include ham, sausages, bacon, hot dogs, hamburgers, haggis, canned hams and other meats," said the statement.

However, for commercially canned meats, individuals may import up to 25 pounds "in the original packaging without a permit from any country for personal use."

The government statement gave no reason why the reminder was being issued. Meat permits are only valid for 30 days after the date of issue.