Persons travelling abroad who wish to bring back meat or any animal products into the island, are reminded that they must first obtain an import permit from the Veterinary Services Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, before doing so.

The permit allows persons to import up to 25 pounds of meat or meat products in their original packaging from the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Meat and meat products include, but are not limited to, fresh, frozen or chilled cuts of meat or poultry; and pastries containing meat filling, including meat patties, meat rolls and rotis. Processed meats include ham, sausages, bacon, hot dogs, hamburgers, haggis, canned hams and other meats.

Persons interested in importing patties of any variety from Jamaica, or fully- cooked poultry products from any CARICOM country, must also obtain a permit.

However, individuals may import up to 25 pounds of commercially canned meat products in the original packaging without a permit from any country for personal use.

Applications for permits may be obtained at the Veterinary Services Office, the Pine, St. Michael, Mondays to Fridays, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Further information may be obtained by calling 427-5492 or 427-5073, or visiting the Veterinary Services page of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Fisheries and Water Resource Management???s website at

Persons are reminded that the meat permits are only valid for a period of thirty days after the date of issue.

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