Dr.Robert Lucas Challenges the Process of ‘Dressing’ Poultry With Water

chicken2Submitted by Dr. Robert D. Lucas

Dr. Robert D. Lucas

Dun-Low lane


Barbados, BB11157



2nd September, 2018

Barbados Underground

Bridgetown, Barbados

West Indies

Dear Sir/Madam

In the Sunday Sun newspaper of the 17th. July, on page 6A, mention was made of a mogul in the chicken industry, who seemed taken aback at the importation of chicken wings. The mogul had a grouse about the local Standard Act being breached; that the country of origin of the chicken wings had not been printed on the packed wings.. He said “he witnessed chicken wings in supermarkets without the required information.” He was also concerned that country would not be able to trace the place of origin of the wings.

First let me state that industry mogul is a hypocrite as I will show later. Since the Barbados Agricultural Development Marketing Corporation (BADMC) is the sole importer of wings, the matter of traceability (assuming everything is above board) is easy.

I have, on numerous occasions in letters to the Editor in Advocate newspaper said that, the local poultry industry is an artificial one. The feed ingredients, the medications, the hatching eggs, the packing and slaughtering equipment are all imported. The only things that are local in the industry are water and cement and even then, oil is imported and used in the pumping of water from wells and in the manufacture of cement. I have also stated in the past in the Advocate newspaper that, the industry is actually a cartel which at times resorts to apparent attempts to blackmail Government by claiming workers would be sent home. I have also in the past in your newspaper stated that, I have a problem with about two percent of the population (roughly representative of the chicken industry), holding ninety-eight percent of the population to ransom.

On numerous occasions in letters to the Editor I have spoken about the added-water problem in the poultry industry. The process is banned in the USA and in the European Union. Adding water to dress poultry results in the product being deemed adulterated. Additionally, the practice is unhygienic and it also increases the weight of the individual bird and the cost to the consumer. Also from a microbial point of view, the addition of bacteriostats/bactericides to the water in the spin-chiller exerts a selective pressure on microorganisms which can result in microbial resistance to these chemicals.

The mogul should insist that water added is printed on the labels of local produced poultry; to do as is currently done is the height of hypocrisy.



Robert D. Lucas, PH.D., CFS.

Food Biotechnologist

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10 Comments on “Dr.Robert Lucas Challenges the Process of ‘Dressing’ Poultry With Water”

  1. abajanhowe September 4, 2016 at 11:49 PM #

    I am a constant reader of almost every news print I can get to read and I am not too aware of the amount of times the goodly Dr. has made his comments to mostly the Advocate news. The more you write Sir. The absence in some paragraphs are so to speak, deafening.

    I am sure Sir that your writings are not solely to educate the population on the merits or demerits of the chicken products, but rather to promote certain entities Re. chicken sales and importation.

    It also seems that you are agitating for other than the correct channels to import chicken or parts into the Island to the detriment of local chicken producers. It is known that some chicken producers are selling less than the best to consumers and without the necessary regulations or Government inspections to ensure the best quality products are presented for consumption to the buying public.


  2. Well Well & Consequences September 5, 2016 at 7:58 AM #

    Hypocrisy alone…these lowlife practices from shithounds, the island is too small, there are no moguls…..only shithounds, will cause the deaths of many bajans.


  3. Pachamama September 5, 2016 at 8:27 AM #

    These, on their face, appear to be reasonable arguments


  4. peterlawrencethompson September 5, 2016 at 9:43 AM #

    What matters to an economy, particularly that of a small island state, is the percentage of value that is added locally. Dr. Lucas alleges that because the “feed ingredients, the medications, the hatching eggs, the packing and slaughtering equipment are all imported” that the “local poultry industry is an artificial one.” The fact that many of the industry’s inputs are imported is beside the point; the question to ask is what percentage of the value is generated locally. If it is relatively high (more than 50% seems to me a good benchmark) then protectionist import policies do make sense in the overall community’s interest, even if the industry is only “two percent of the population,” because every dollar in value that is added locally is a dollar that does not have to come out of our dwindling foreign exchange reserves.


  5. Sargeant September 5, 2016 at 9:48 AM #

    The mogul had a grouse about the local Standard Act being breached…..
    Pun much?


  6. Well Well & Consequences September 5, 2016 at 12:06 PM #

    What people must focus their thoughts on is that the island is very small, poor by big island or big city standards…. and there is a very small percentage of parasites sucking from the small pool of financial and other even smaller resources the island has……..if the hardheaded ministers can understand the truism of that and use their brains to figure out ways to prevent this small group who are not adding anything useful to the progress of the majority, to the country….from continuing their obvious goals of calling themselves “moguls” and..”magnates”….bullshit titles that mean nothing in a tiny poor island that is barely populated with 275K people…then you will see the difference.


  7. Exclaimer September 6, 2016 at 1:25 PM #

    “Rotten chicken throws Sierra Leone’s vendor a lifeline”



  8. bookworm September 9, 2016 at 6:08 PM #

    Water in chicken is the only way some going to get ANY water!


  9. charlesskeete September 10, 2016 at 5:34 AM #

    The world is run by corruption and multinational businesses internationally at high levels and locally at bread and fish levels. Dr Lucas is our foremost food technologist victim of the system and the sociological factors that goes with it which exist at the local level and as such would continue to be ostracised. Pity his outstanding research capabilities continue to be ignored.


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