Haiti: Lawmaker Urges Gov't to Stop Imports of Fecal-laced Salami from D.R.
- Wednesday, July 25, 2012 7:29 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Deputy Fritz Chery (Gros Morne/AAA) called on government executives on Wednesday to stop all imports of salami meats from the Dominican Republic after an investigation found that 97% of the meats had above limit levels of feces and sodium nitrite.
The member of parliament made the declaration after reading an article in Dominican newspaper Listin Diario over the weekend where the Dominican Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights (Proconsumidor), found that 97% of a sample of 258 units of salami had low levels of meat, high levels of sodium nitrite and stool coliform.
Reporter Vilner Joseph
Anchor Lilliane Pierre-Paul
07.25.12 | Radio Kiskeya
The fecal coliform content of the samples were on average 15%, yeast and sodium nitrite, 12%, and 51% of the samples were above acceptable limits. The search was conducted taking samples from 22 companies located in Santo Domingo province, Santiago, Duarte, Barahona and San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.
Deputy Chery is especially concerned because most of the salami from D.R. enters Haiti. Families that cannot afford other meats find salami to be a cheap alternative for their daily diets.
Chery has called for the Minister of Commerce and the Minister of Health and Population to stop all imports of salami from the Dominican Republic. Chery believes there will be many sicknesses through out the population, even cancer, if Haitians continue to consume the meat.
"I would like to launch this call to those responsible in the state, especially those that are concerned with public health and the minister of commerce."
"An article appeared in the newspaper Listin Diario in the Dominican Republic where they conducted an investigation on salami."
"They found that the salami is being made with fecal matter. It is made with fecal matter and it gives cancer."
"So we ask all the authorities in the country to take all dispositions so they may remove this product from the Haitian market because it will cause problems and I believe we must take drastic and rapid measures should be taken."
"This is not coming from a Haitian newspaper or some other country, this is a Dominican newspaper and in the investigation they found 97% of the salami that we are consuming because for the lower income people, they are consuming it because they don't have the means to consume other meats."
"So we say the salami has 97% fecal matter in it and it gives cancer." - Fritz Chery, Deputy
Deputy Fritz Chery said this is a serious matter and that the population must take precaution with this meat. Chery wants the meats to no longer be imported and a recall for meats in the market to go in effect.
A Dominican Company Responds
Dominican meat distributor Induveca responded in a another article of Listin Diario saying that it is internationally recognized and certified since last June that their products were absent of endangering the health of consumers. The company continued to say that the samples of their product were not detected to have fecal cloriform and nitrite levels above established parameters and that they have an excellent rating from local and international institutions.