Guyana sends salmonella cargo ship to France

22nd March 2007, Comments 0 comments

GEORGETOWN, March 21, 2007 (AFP) - Guyana on Wednesday turned back a ship carrying 900 tonnes of soya believed to be contaminated with salmonella and ordered the vessel to return to France, the agriculture ministry said.

GEORGETOWN, March 21, 2007 (AFP) - Guyana on Wednesday turned back a ship carrying 900 tonnes of soya believed to be contaminated with salmonella and ordered the vessel to return to France, the agriculture ministry said.

French authorities also want the cargo, being transported aboard a Bahamian-registered vessel, to return to France so it can be destroyed, Guyana's agriculture ministry said in a statement.

"Based on additional information supplied by French authorities... the Ministry of Agriculture's quarantine department has decided it would not allow the offloading" of the shipment, it said.

The cargo was earlier refused by authorities in Guadeloupe. The ship headed for Guyana after a privately-owned poultry company offered to buy the contents to make feed, Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud told AFP.

However, the government warned that all agricultural supplies must meet international sanitary and safety requirements before entering the South American country.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

0 Comments To This Article