KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil has been lifted.

The announcement was made this morning by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda after discussions with stakeholders in the industry.

The ministry imposed a ban on the import of corned beef from Brazil after an emergency meeting on March 20.

The “immediate” ban on Corn Beef island-wide came after reports from Brazilian authorities that several major Brazilian meat processors had been “selling rotten beef and poultry”.

Consumers were urged not to purchase the product and local distributors withdrew corned beef from their shelves.

According to the ministry, Brazil supplies 99.5 per cent of the corned beef on the local market.