Illegally imported honey, livestock caught in Point Fortin
More illegal items allegedly smuggled over from Venezuela were intercepted by the authorities earlier this week.
Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat, shared photos of the smuggled animals and honey to social media on Tuesday warning consumers not to purchase any illegal honey.
"More livestock from Venezuela intercepted in Point Fortin as well as several gallons of Honey also from Venezuela."
"Illegally imported Honey represents a serious risk to our local Honey producers and can also create health risks to consumers."
"Only locally produced Honey can be offered for sale in Trinidad and Tobago."
"All honey offered for sale must carry the producer's apiary number on the label. Buyers Beware," the Minister said.
Trinidad and Tobago does not allow the importation of honey from other countries for sale locally.
Rambharat said the livestock was assessed by a vet and, due to a high number of cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease in Venezuela, were euthanised. The honey was incinerated.
Recently, an online video showing what appeared to be over 100 iguanas at a local depot went viral online.
The animals were allegedly illegally imported from Venezuela.
Minister Rambharat has said that his Ministry will continue to crack down on the importation of illegally imported wildlife, livestock and other items.
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