Features — 26 April 2013 — by Miriam Longsworth

The chicken were returned from Trinidad

A 20-foot container with 24,000 lbs of chicken exported by Belizean poultry company Caribbean Chicken was returned by Trinidad on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Isaac Bergen, general manager of Caribbean Chicken, said that he is not completely sure what transpired when the products arrived in Trinidad, but he was told there was “miscommunication” between the Trinidadian health authorities and Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA).

Bergen said that this was the first time the company has exported its products to the Caribbean. The shipment was returned despite the fact that it had the required BAHA certificates for exportation.

We contacted BAHA for comment, but were told that no one there was in any position to comment on anything.

We have received word from a source in the Ministry of Agriculture that there will be a meeting on Friday, April 26, with representatives from Caribbean Chicken, BAHA, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

We weren’t given any details about the situation, but our understanding is that there was some type of discrepancy with the permit to import into Trinidad.

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