Trinidad & Tobago has joined Jamaica in banning the sale of canned corned beef from Brazil.
Yesterday Jamaica announced its ban following investigations into Brazilian meat processors selling rotten beef and poultry to other countries.
T&T’s Minister of Agriculture Clarence Rambharat confirmed that at least 1 local supermarket chain had at least 14 brands from Brazil on its shelves, and ordered an immediate recall from supermarkets and retail outlets.
Rambharat said “There is no way for the consumer to tell which brands are actually linked to companies named in the scandal, but to be very clear and fair to the consumer his office decided to cease imports from Brazil.
The public has also been advised to carefully read the labels of corned beef, chicken patties, and chicken nuggets before purchasing them, and to dispose of or returned any products already in their possession. Rambharat also urged the public to report stores still selling the recall items.
Brazil – which has 4,700 production factories, exports meat to more than 150 countries across the world. The Brazilian government said it has halted exports by the 21 meat processors under investigation. At least 30 people were arrested after police raiding more than a dozen processing plants.