The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries is advising the public ‘to avoid eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela as the US Food and Drug Agency says it may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.”
Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness in humans.
The ministry says persons who consume foods with these bacteria may experience diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, and stomach pain.
A statement by the ministry says the Chemistry/Food and Drugs Division (CFFD) of the Ministry of Health is at present investigating these claims and reviewing the relevant national import database to determine the sources and brands of crab meat being imported into Trinidad and Tobago from Venezuela.
"The Ministry of Health 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 statement said.
Members of the public are advised to note that:
· the Ministry of Trade and Industry is responsible for issuing import licenses
· the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries is responsible for issuing import permits
· the Ministry of Health is responsible for reviewing Certificates of Health ( issued by the Country of origin/export).