Consumer Affairs: Prices remained same after recent floods

The Consumer Affairs Division of the Ministry of Trade and Industry says prices of food have remained the same following the recent floodings.

The division says that as part of its mandate to ensure fair pricing in the marketplace has been monitoring the prices of items at supermarkets in Trinidad. 

It says a review of supermarket prices prior to, and following the flooding in October 2018 has revealed that the vast majority of prices of items remained the same.

Undernourished figure rises by 400,000 in Latin American & Caribbean

For the third consecutive year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced an increase in the number of people suffering from hunger.

In the case of Latin America and the Caribbean, 39.3 million people live undernourished in the region, an increase of 400,000 people since 2016.

According to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 (SOFI), globally almost 821 million people - approximately one in nine- were victims of hunger in 2017, an increase of 17 million in relation to the previous year.

Ban on Venezuelan crab meat

The agriculture minister has instructed the fisheries division to discontinue the issuing of permits for the importation of processed crab meat and live crabs from Venezuela.

The US food and drug administration has found a bacteria in fresh crab meat from Venezuela that can cause cholera. 

Speaking with CNC3 news minister Clarence Rambharat said that the crab meat referred to by the US is processed and packaged crab meat. He says the ministry of trade has stopped issuing licenses for the import of that product from Venezuela.