Samuda made the statement following reports that the United States has implemented a ban on the importation of fresh beef from the South American nation due to safety concerns.
“We have done our tests; we have carried out surveys extensively and we are satisfied that our surveys carry the level of integrity that would cause us to continue to import corned beef,” said Samuda during recent press conference .
The Agriculture minister pointed that Jamaica does not import fresh beef from Brazil, so a similar ban does not have to be imposed.
“So, we are not affected. This is a matter affecting fresh beef. I just want to put everybody’s mind at rest. I know that there are many people who are distributors that would be concerned. It is not a matter to detain them at this time,” he said.
Last Thursday, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) ceased imports of fresh beef from Brazil, after a high percentage of shipments failed to pass safety checks.
Earlier this year, Jamaica and several countries in the region imposed a ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil following reports that several major Brazilian meat processors were “selling rotten beef and poultry”.
The ban was eventually lifted following investigations.
- Countries: Jamaica