Monday, 16 July 2018 12:07

Ministry of Agriculture: Beware Of Crab Meat From Venezuela

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The Ministry of Agriculture is cautioning citizens against eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela.

This follows an alert from the US Food and Drug Agency that says it may be contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio Parahaemolyticus that belongs to the same family as those that cause cholera.

The Ministry says a recent US FDA advisory says people infected with this bacterium develop diarrhoea that tends to be watery and occasionally bloody, vomitting, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever and stomach pain.

Minister of Agriculture, Clarence Rambharat, says the importation of seafood from Venezuela requires a licence from the Ministry of Trade and Industry while the Ministry of Health is responsible for public health issues such as these.

As such, Minister Rambharat says he is working with his colleagues in these ministries to identify clearly the necessary steps to be taken.

The Ministry says there were 12 reported cases of vibrio haemolyticus in the US as of last Thursday, July 12th.

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