Brazil strengthens export controls to the EU

by Editor
Friday, November 30, 2007

Brazil has taken action by changing rules for animal movements and traceability.

After a 15 day visit from European Union (EU) technicians to inspect food safety, concerns were expressed in these areas by EU’s veterinarians after the mission finished. At the same time, it found improvement in other related areas, such as sanitary inspections and Brazil’s fight against foot and mouth disease (Brazilian Beef Monitor).

From now on, processing plants authorised to export to the EU will be able to process animals which have been in the authorised area for the last 90 days and in the same authorised establishment for at least 40 days.

In addition, the states which are currently allowed to export to the EU (Goiás, Espírito Santo, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, and areas of Mato Grosso and Minas Gerais), have been given 60 days to incorporate an animal movement electronic monitoring system.

Also, for all slaughterhouses exporting to the EU, it will be mandatory to incorporate the new Bovine and Bubaline Production Chain Traceability Service SISBOV’s rules (Brazil’s traceability system) for both domestic and export production.

According to industry sources, the plants were unhappy with the decision, but it was a necessary measure taken in order to meet the EU’s market requirements. During the mission, two processing plants from Marfrig and Independencia were suspended to export to the EU as a result of export procedure deficiencies.