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EU to reassess Brazilian beef imports by year's end

EU to reassess Brazilian beef imports by year's end

The European Commission will decide by the end of this year whether to tighten restrictions on imports of Brazilian beef, after assessing health controls implemented by the South American nation, an EU spokesman said Friday.
A European Union ban is in place on imports from three Brazilian states due to the presence of foot-and-mouth disease, and the EU imposes strict safety measures on beef imports from other parts of the country.
"By the end of this year we'll reassess the measures the Brazilians have taken to address the remaining deficiencies in their controls ... and if they haven't corrected them we may reconsider our authorization" for the Brazilians to export beef to the EU, said Philip Tod, spokesman for EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou.
The Commission currently demands cattle must be disease-free and located in a foot-and-mouth-free state 90 days prior to slaughter if the meat is to be exported to the EU. The slaughter must be carried out in an abattoir approved by the EU, and only matured and de-boned meat is allowed for export.
A group of EU lawmakers is pushing the EU executive to ban all Brazilian beef imports until concerns over food safety are fully addressed.
The lawmakers _ all from Ireland or Britain, two major beef-consuming countries _ say an Irish Farmers' Association mission to Brazil has uncovered evidence that farmers fail to tag and trace animals moving freely across state borders, which they said poses health concerns.
But the Commission dismissed the report, saying the mission visited only farms in states that are currently banned from exporting beef to the EU. It said the vast majority of cattle in Brazil are not eligible for export to the EU and therefore not subject to its export requirements.


Updated : 2021-05-08 20:59 GMT+08:00