Monday, July 22, 2024

BAHA and MOH Lift Temporary Suspension of Corned Beef from Brazil

Share

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and Ministry of Health (MoH) have lifted the temporary suspension on the importation of corned beef from Brazil.

The temporary suspension which took effect on March 23rd was prompted after reports from Brazilian authorities that several major meat processors had been processing tainted beef and poultry meat. The companies were also alleged to have paid hefty bribes to officials in exchange for sanitary licenses.

In order to verify the safety and wholesomeness of corn beef already in country, samples were collected from importers’ warehouses, retail shops and supermarkets. Microbiological testing conducted at BAHA’s Food Safety Laboratory did not detect any pathogens.

It was previously confirmed that none of the corned beef imported into Belize originated from any of the Brazilian facilities implicated in the original report. The Brazilian authorities have also indicated that several countries including China, Hong Kong, Chile, Egypt, Barbados, South Korea and Jamaica have lifted their bans on all Brazilian meat products.

Based on these findings the Belizean consumers can be assured that the corned beef imported from Brazil is safe for human consumption. Therefore, BAHA and MoH are releasing all corned beef at warehouses that were placed under quarantine.

BAHA will continue with its due diligence to ensure the safety of all products imported into Belize in order to safeguard the Belizean public.

Read more

 

Please help support Local Journalism in Belize

For the first time in the history of the island's community newspaper, The San Pedro Sun is appealing to their thousands of readers to help support the paper during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 1991 we have tirelessly provided vital local and national news. Now, more than ever, our community depends on us for trustworthy reporting, but our hard work comes with a cost. We need your support to keep delivering the news you rely on each and every day. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Please support us by making a contribution.

Local News