The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries is advising the public ‘to avoid eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela as the US Food and Drug Agency says it may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.”
Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness in humans.
The ministry says persons who consume foods with these bacteria may experience diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, and stomach pain.
Local crab catchers are feeling the pinch of poor sales after the government issued a ban on the importation of processed crab meat and live crabs from Venezuela.
Since the ban, the crab catchers from Woodland, Oropouche, Moruga, and Embaccadere complained that their sales had dried up.
Vinod Ramsawak, who sold crabs from Mayaro said after waiting for six hours in the heat, all he sold was $100.
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.