Members of the public have been informed of contaminated ginger being sold in local markets and are being warned against purchasing the item.
In a statement issued May 10, 2020, the Ministry of Health said it received reports concerning the sale, in local markets, of fresh ginger, which has been contaminated with the pesticide Methomyl.
It informed that the situation is being investigated.
The alleged contaminated ginger was derived from approximately 200lbs of planting material (pieces of ginger sized approximately 2-3inches) that were reportedly stolen from a farmer.
Methomyl (Lannate) is extremely toxic if ingested and moderately toxic if inhaled.
It can cause nausea, dizziness, confusion, and at very high exposures (e.g., accidents or major spills), respiratory paralysis and death.
Due to the possible the risk to public health and for consumer protection, the Ministry of Health advised out of an abundance of caution, that the public should only purchase whole ginger root.
The public has also been advised to discard all ginger pieces, less than 4 inches in length, which were purchased during the period May 7, 2020 to May 10, 2020.
It advised anyone experiencing health issues after consuming ginger, to contact their nearest health care facility immediately and notify the Chemistry Food and Drugs Division of the Ministry of Health at 623-5242 or email [email protected].