Jack Charles promises “bombshell” over local rice on Tuesday

All concerned are very tight-lipped, but it appears a new front has opened in the effort by importer Jack Charles to get his cheaper Guyanese rice into Belize. Charles today confirmed to us that has sent a complaint to the Ministry of Agriculture about possible contamination of the local rice supply with some kind of fungus. The extent and certainty of this so-called contamination is not known – but Charles has told us that a formal press release detailing the allegations will be made available on Tuesday. Charles recently had to re-export his 3 containers of Guyanese rice that dropped in Belize last December after the Supreme Court rejected his application for leave to judicially review the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA)’s decision not to allow its importation and Customs’ attempting to take it in a possible prelude to destruction. Director of the Belize Agricultural Health Authority, Emir Cruz, and Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero have told local media they know nothing about the complaint by Charles, while the CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche had no comment at all. We will continue to follow the story.

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