Government imposes immediate ban on Brazilian meat imports; recalls Brazilian corned beef

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 08:15

The government has imposed an immediate restriction on meat imports from Brazil.

A statement by the Minister of Agriculture Clarence Rambharat says the Ministers of Agriculture, Trade and Industry and Health have been examining the meat scandal which has unfolded in Brazil.

"Our Chief Veterinary Officer has advised that import permits for processed meat products out of Brazil were issued by the Ministry to local importers, and these import permits were for corned beef packaged by one of the Brazilian companies implicated in the meat scandal. We also know that import permits were issued to one local company for chicken nuggets from Brazil," the statement said.

It adds that until further notice, the Chief Veterinary Office will issue no permit for the importation of processed meat products from Brazil.

This includes corned beef and chicken nuggets. 

The statement adds that very shortly, the public would be advised about action to be taken regarding Brazilian meat products- particularly corned beef already in Trinidad and Tobago.

It says many of the well-known brands on the local supermarket shelves originate from Brazil.