For the last two weeks, Barbados Free Press and at least one other Bajan blog (Bajan Reporter – articles here and here) have been asking for the reason that our Health Ministry recalled / condemned Flavorite ice cream in Barbados. With all the talk about melamine contamination of milk products coming out of China, Bajan parents rightly were concerned about knowing the reason for the recall.
Was it bacterial contamination? Melamine? Metal shards from a broken blender? What was the reason? The notice from the Ministry of Health only stated that there was a recall – but not the reason.
Then a Flavorite representative wrote to Barbados Free Press and still didn’t provide the reason for the recall!
Now, the Ministry of Health has issued a new Flavorite ice cream recall that states the reason as “According to the Ministry, “testing of these eight flavours of icecream has confirmed bacterial contamination.”
That wasn’t so difficult, was it?
Why should transparency of government be such a difficult thing in our country? The initial secrecy by the Ministry of Health is representative of an elitist attitude that permeates our government.
Well, listen to this government workers – both elected and employed….YOU WORK FOR US
Not the other way around.
Barbados Government Information: Removal of more Flavorite Ice Cream
Bajan Global Report: Local Authorities/Press Too Silent On China Milk Scandal Are Barbadians Safe?
Nation News, October 3, 2008: Ice Cream Meltdown