The Office of the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines has dismissed a report carried by SVG TV that claimed canned meat products will be seized when they are offloaded at the country’s port.
In a statement on Sunday, Sehon Marshall, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, while the introduction to report stated that the items will be seized, the video clip that followed explained that the government is simply seeking to make sure the items are fit for human consumption.
He also provided the video clip where Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that he didn’t want Vincentians, who are importing or sending relief supplies to their relatives, to get “frustrated” and say the items are being seized.
“We have to make sure that the elemental laws of the land, those relating to our health and everything else with accountability and transparency that they are followed,” Gonsalves said in his April 27 briefing on NBC Radio.
“It may be frustrating sometimes to someone when they import these things but the supermarkets know that. As a matter of course they have to do these health checks.”
Marshall said the SVG TV report “has created much confusion and uncertainty in the general public and caused many Vincentians to arrive at incorrect conclusions regarding the sending of packages to their love ones.”
He called on the media to refrain from spreading misleading information during this time of crisis.