Partial EU-ban on Brazilian beef imports

by Editor
Friday, December 28, 2007

Tighter restrictions on imports of Brazilian beef have been agreed in Brussels, though they fall short of a total ban and will not take effect until 31 January 2008. From that date, only beef from selected Brazilian farms will be allowed inside the 27-member European Union.

In particular, the slaughtered cattle must have been kept within one of the EU-approved territories for at least 90 days, and must have been on the listed holding for at least 40 days prior to slaughter.

The new rules were agreed by EU vets meeting in the influential SCOFCAH committee on 19 December. It followed a less-than-satisfactory inspection visit to Brazil by the EU in November to look at the country's traceability system in the light of continuing foot-and-mouth disease.