Friday 19 October, 2018

Health Ministry probes claims of contaminated crab meat

The Chemistry/Food and Drugs Division of the Ministry of Health is investigating claims by the US Food and Drug Agency that fresh crab meat from Venezuela may be contaminated with the Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a bacteria which causes gastrointestinal illness in humans.

This comes after the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries on Monday, issued a release advising the public to avoid eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela.

The Ministry of Health says it is reviewing the relevant national import database to determine the sources and brands of crab meat being imported into T&T from Venezuela. 

It said it will continue its market surveillance activities at retail and wholesale outlets to ensure that crab meat from Venezuela, if sold or distributed, is safe for human consumption.

The public is asked to report any concerns relating to this matter to the Chemistry/Food and Drugs Division at 623-5242 or 800-CFDD or

Samples may also be brought into the Division which is located at #92 Frederick Street, Port of Spain. Members of the public may also contact their County Medical Officer of Health.


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