Philippines lifts ban on Brazilian beef

by Editor
Monday, November 10, 2008

The Philippines’ Ministry of Agriculture has lifted the ban on beef and beef product imports from the Brazilian states of Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul.

The announcement comes six months after the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) restored the states’ foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) free status (Philippines’ Business Mirror, 4 November).

According to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, Mato Grosso do Sul was the third largest beef producing state in 2007/08, at 790,000 tonnes cwt, while Paraná was the eight largest, at 300,000 tonnes cwt.

The import ban was originally imposed in late 2005, due to FMD outbreaks in these states. The ban was lifted at the start of November this year, following the Filipino Bureau of Animal Industry’s evaluation that the risk of contamination from importing FMD-susceptible animals and their products from the two states is negligible.

Currently, other states with plants certified to export fresh beef and products to the Philippines from Brazil are Mato Grosso, Sao Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Goiás, all of which currently have FMD free with vaccination status according to the OIE.

Prior to lifting the ban, Philippine imports of Brazilian beef during the calendar year to September were back 61% on the same period last year, at 10,987 tonnes swt, due to higher prices and strong demand from Russia.