The agriculture minister has instructed the fisheries division to discontinue the issuing of permits for the importation of processed crab meat and live crabs from Venezuela.
The US food and drug administration has found a bacteria in fresh crab meat from Venezuela that can cause cholera.
Speaking with CNC3 news minister Clarence Rambharat said that the crab meat referred to by the US is processed and packaged crab meat. He says the ministry of trade has stopped issuing licenses for the import of that product from Venezuela.
He says he has also instructed the fisheries division to discontinue its support for the granting of licenses to import live crabs from the South American country.
According to Mr Rambharat, there is an ongoing illicit trade between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago and live crabs are brought in via Icacos, Cedros and other areas.
He says his ministry has always cautioned consumers about the health risk associated with consuming seafood and meat illegally imported into Trinidad and Tobago.
He says consumers should purchase their seafood including live crabs from vendors with whom they are familiar.