MINISTRY OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE RE: BAN LIFTED ON CORNED BEEF IMPORTED FROM BRAZIL

In March 2017, following notification from the Government of Brazil that rotten beef had been
discovered in the processing and canning of certain corned beef produced in that country, a ban
against the sale and imports of such items was enforced by the Government of St. Kitts and
Nevis. Subsequently, samples of the corned beef imported from Brazil were subjected to
analyses conducted by the Bureau of Standards and the results indicate that the products are safe
for human consumption in accordance with the food safety laws of the Federation of St. Kitts &
Nevis.

The National Agriculture, Health & Food Safety Committee, which is comprised of the
following agencies:

Ministry of Health
Ministry of Agriculture
Department of Consumer Affairs
Bureau of Standards
Customs and Excise Department

is therefore making the following recommendations:
1) To lift the temporary ban imposed on March 24, 2017 on imported Brazilian corned beef
with immediate effect.
2) To re-introduce to the shelves all corned beef imported from and originating in Brazil.

The National Agriculture, Health & Food Safety Committee also confirmed that the corned beef
imported into the Federation did not originate from any of the meat processing plants under
investigation by the Brazilian authorities.

Importers are reminded that import restriction on products derived from mechanically separated
beef is still in effect, as a Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) food safety measure.
Failure to comply with this import condition will result in confiscation of the product and
removal of the exporting plant as a trading partner.

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