Thursday, January 18, 2018

Health Minister: Read labels before buying

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh. File Photo: ANISTO ALVES

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday advised consumers buying corned beef to “read labels” and “exercise the right to treat yourself well”.
Deyalsingh offered the advice following a tour of the Women’s Outpatient Cli­nic and Colposcopy Centre at the Eric Williams Medi­c­al Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, yesterday.
“It is a serious issue. The claim is you have produ­cers in Brazil packaging and selling rotten corn beef to countries mainly in Europe and China. The chief veterinary officer is doing the tracing to see if any of the tinned corned beef is finding its way into Trinidad and Tobago. If it is, they will issue a withdrawal notice. Hopefully, by the end of the day and within 24 hours.”
Deyalsingh added: “I think as a consumer, you can pick up the can and exercise your right to treat yourself well. If you are uncomfortable, buy another brand. Pick up the can and read the label. Exercise your right to treat yourselves well until you have an official re­-
sponse. Make another choice.
“T&T does not import bulk meat or bulk chicken and we do seem to import corned beef, and in conjunction with Brazilian Ambassador Amery Browne, we are doing the tracing. If it is found we have those products on the shelves, it will be withdrawn. There will be a definite statement as to whether those products are in T&T.” —ML