St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN); St. Kitts and Nevis could impose a ban on imported meat and ready-to-eat meat products from Brazil as early as Thursday (Mar 23), which will include tinned corned beef.
Top officials from Health, Agriculture, Consumer Affairs and other departments met on Wednesday to determine if the federation has been affected by the unfolding tainted meat scandal that has caused countries around the world to halt imports on some or all meat products from Brazil.
The European Union, Hong Kong, China and closer to home Jamaica, Trinidad, Dominica and Antigua to name a few, have banned meat product imports from Brazil.
The US is also on high alert, with the USDA now testing all shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products from Brazil for pathogens.
The import bans came as a result of recent findings that meat producers in Brazil allegedly bribed inspectors to certify meat that was either rotten or tainted with salmonella.
The Brazilian government has since shut down three major plants and suspended the export licenses for 21 meat packing plants as well.
Authorities in St. Kitts are working with Customs to determine if any meat products from Brazil entered the federation in recent times. While it reportedly appears that the federation did receive two shipments of products, that was early in 2016; exactly what those food items were is still being determined.
Based on reports from the Department of Agriculture, St. Kitts does import poultry and pork products from particular areas of Brazil.
WINN FM understands the Veterinary Office will be launching an immediate assessment to determine the origin of the tinned corned beef sold in the federation, and if any made from Brazilian meat are already on supermarket shelves.