Corned Beef Ban in Caribbean Amid Rotten Meat Scandal

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23 March, 2017

Maggi fears for the continued livelihood of Brazil's meat industry; the country is now the world's most prolific exporter of beef and poultry.

In a short statement, the embassy said imports are suspended indefinitely.

The import bans came as a result of recent findings that meat producers in Brazil allegedly bribed inspectors to certify meat that was either rotten or tainted with salmonella. Prosecutors said some sausages and cold cuts contained animal parts such as pig heads, and there were cases where cardboard was added to meat products or acid was used to mask the smell of tainted meat.

The release staid GraceKennedy has also been working proactively with retailers to pull product from the shelves in the Jamaica market following an advisory issued on March 20 and intends to do the same in all affected markets including the Cayman Islands.

The European Commission said it would monitor meat imports from Brazil, and any companies found to be involved in a meat scandal there will be denied access to the European Union market, a spokesman said.

Mr Zhang Lian has 270 tonnes of frozen Brazilian beef on a ship steaming towards Shanghai that he may not be able to get through Customs when the vessel arrives next month.

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The number of countries that have either suspended or curtailed imports of meat from Brazil has risen to at least 35, FoodBev understands.

Tester's legislation will place a 120-day ban on Brazilian beef imports.

They are joined by neighbours and fellow beef exporters Argentina, which has curtailed imports from the only plant in Brazil that exported meat to the country; as well as Switzerland and Hong Kong, which has banned outright all imported Brazilian meat.

He said while private facilities can be used to test the quality of meat and meat-products entering the country, that would cost the State more. "The [agriculture] ministry has a huge job ahead of it", he said.

AGRICULTURE Minister Clarence Rambharat has announced immediate restrictions on meat imports from Brazil.

The decision by convenience store chains to stop using Brazilian chicken in their products followed on the heels of the supermarket chains' precautions.


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