Delegation on Brazilian beef heads to Brussels

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, June 11, 2007

Irish beef farmers have presented an extensive factual evidence that proves the total lack of effective controls and standards in the Brazilian beef sector to EU Commission officials in Brussels.

Irish Farmers Association President Padraig Walshe said the shocking practices in Brazil make a total farce of EU controls and standards, and there is no way either the EU Commission or European supermarkets can any longer pretend Brazilian beef imports come anywhere near satisfying EU standards and consumer expectations.

IFA National Livestock Chairman John Bryan, said that based on the evidence non existent cattle traceability, widespread illegal removal and cutting out of tags, totally inadequate movement and foot-and-mouth disease [FMD] controls and the use of hormone growth promoters have been found. The only conclusion for the EU Commission should aim to immediately impose a total ban on all Brazilian beef imports into Europe.

Bryan accused the EU Commission, particularly Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou, of pursuing a politically-motivated trade agenda on Brazilian beef imports, which was placing the European consumer and livestock sector at an unacceptable and unnecessary risk that is not tolerated by the United States and a number of other countries.

The IFA livestock leader said to retain any credibility in the EU system of import controls, the Commission must immediately ban Brazilian beef imports. On the crucial issue of traceability and tagging, Mr Bryan said there is no effective traceability system in Brazil. He said there are no cattle tagging whatsoever on the majority of farms.

He also added that the movement of cattle from FMD restricted states into unrestricted 'clear' states is widespread.

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