The Ministry of Agriculture says it has no evidence of illegal imports of chicken parts and meats.

In a statement today it says it notes with concern, statements alleging the illegal importation.

The statements are most likely attributed to Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture, Lothan Cousins, who called for an investigation into the matter.

The Ministry of Agriculture says this has raised concerns about food safety.

However, it says its Veterinary team, in collaboration with other border regulatory agencies, including the Ministry of Health, continues to monitor imports of animal products at the ports of entry.

This the ministry says is to ensure that only safe foods are imported and made available to consumers.

It says all consignments of meats and meat products must be accompanied by a veterinary import permit issued by the Veterinary Services Division and the relevant veterinary health certification from the country of origin.

Meanwhile, speaking in Parliament earlier this week Mr. Cousins said the poultry importation sector is rife with corruption and lacking in transparency.

Lothan Cousins, Opposition Spokesman on Water and Agriculture.