The Department of Agriculture issues an immediate withdrawal of Brazilian Corned Beef and other Meat Products from Brazil

The Department of Agriculture has decided to safeguard the health of the Turks and Caicos people amidst the reports coming out of Brazil of alleged corruption of government meat inspectors allowing card board, expired meat and carcinogenic products to be exported.

  • As a precautionary measure, all Brazilian Corn beef and meat products must be removed from supermarket shelves
  • A temporary halt on imports of all Brazilian meat products

The Department advises the public to not to consume Brazilian Meat products until further notice.

For more information contact the Department of Agriculture on 338-5267.


The Ministry of Infrastructure Housing and Planning wishes to notify all electrical License applicants who have not collected their response letters, that such letters can be collected from the Planning Department Office, located at Emily House, Leeward Highway, Providenciales. Electricians on the other islands are advised to collect their letter from the Office of the District Commissioner for their respective Island.

Electrical practitioners are further notified that the grant of a license to perform electrical works under the grandfathering provision has expired. All new applications for electrical licenses will be reviewed and treated in accordance with the Electricity (Amendment) Ordinance 2015.

The Electricity (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 which came into effect on March 1, 2016 and states that, “no person shall carry out electrical work of any nature unless he holds a licence issued by the Board authorizing him to do so and is licensed in one of the following categories;”

1.    Electrical Engineer

2.    Master Electrician

3.    Journeyman

4.    Wireman

5.    Linesman.

6.    Apprentice or

7.    Engineer-in-training

For further inquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or call 649 338 3504.

World Down Syndrome Day 21st March, 2017

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Humans Service joins the world in the observance of “World Down Syndrome Day” today 21st March 2017 under the theme “My Voice My Community”.

The United Nation defines Down Syndrome as a genetic occurrence caused by extra material in chromosome 21 that results in intellectual disability. It is not yet known why this occurs.

The UN estimates the prevalence of Down Syndrome incidence between 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 1,100 live births worldwide. Each year approximately 3,000 to 5,000 children are born with this chromosome disorder and it is believed there are about 250,000 families in the United States of America who are affected by Down Syndrome.

Although there are less than 10 persons with Down Syndrome registered in the Turks & Caicos Islands, our aim is to enable people with Down Syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action and to be fully included in the community.

According to the United States National Down Syndrome Society, people with Down Syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions; such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia and thyroid conditions. However, many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down Syndrome lead healthy lives. Life expectancy for people with Down Syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades from 25 in 1983 to 60 today.

For more information please contact the Special Needs Unit at 338-2171/2/3.