Dominica’s Director of Trade, Matthan J. Walter, in a release on Thursday said a joint decision was made following discussions with local stakeholders. Adding that 78 per cent of the imports of corned beef comes from Brazil.
“Although we have not imported corned beef from Brazil from since 2016, we believe that there may still be business places with corned beef from Brazil being sold and as a result of which the Environmental Health Unit will carry out investigations in the business places that have been identified.”
He said a mandate has been given for distributors to remove corned beef in circulation as a matter of caution.
In the case of St Lucia, although the island is not an importer of fresh and frozen beef, neither poultry nor poultry products from Brazil, it is estimated that approximately 90 per cent of the corned beef imported originates from Brazil.
A government statement noted that since the commencement of the investigation, several countries have instituted measures to restrict their importation of meat and poultry products from Brazil.
In light of theses developments, St.Lucia has with immediate effect imposed a temporary suspension on the importation of corned beef from Brazil.
Government has also announced the detention of all corned beef originating from Brazil until further notice, and plans to increase the surveillance of establishments that trade in corned beef or related products locally.
“We will continue networking with regional and sub-regional partner agencies in developing a common position in response to this matter, while the Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue to work with the Brazilian Authorities with a view to ensuring that this matter is resolved satisfactorily in the interest of health and public safety,” the Government statement noted.
Across the region, a ban on corned beef originating in Brazil, has been implemented in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and the British Virgin Islands.
- Countries: St_Lucia