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A temporary ban on corned beef from Brazil imposed by the government of St Lucia has been lifted.

The move was taken following international concerns about the unwholesomeness of meat and meat products from Brazil. Officials there had confirmed that a criminal investigation named “Operation Weak Flesh” was initiated by the Brazilian Government. As a result, the Ministry of Health & Wellness, in Collaboration with the Veterinary and Livestock Division of the ministry of Agriculture and the Consumer Affairs Division of the Ministry of Commerce, instituted a temporary suspension on the importation of corned beef from Brazil. Since the introduction of this measure, local government agencies have continued to closely monitor the situation.

Chief Environmental Health Officer, Wenn Gabriel says local authorities have concluded that the current risk of exposure of the Saint Lucia public to unwholesome meat and meat products from Brazil was low.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness wishes to thank all stakeholders, including the importers and the general public for their co-operation and support in this matter.

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