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Jamaica: Chicken Back Imports Under Fire

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries should stop with immediate effect the issuance of chicken back and neck import permits under current arrangements, the Integrity Commission has recommended in a damning report.

The report, tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, hinted at and duty evasion, as well as glaring instances of lack of transparency and fairness in the issuance of import permits by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for chicken back and chicken neck.

The Integrity Commission lashed the ministry for giving preferential treatment to applicants on the basis of prior importation history and suggested that the integrity of the award process was compromised and hindered competition.

Jamaica imports around US$25 million worth of chicken back and chicken neck each year.

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