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Friday 25 May 2018

EU to audit 100pc of Brazilian meat imports as report fails to give 'reassurances'

Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Responding to the publication of details of a recent EU audit of Brazil meat exports, Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan has said there will now be 100% sampling of meat being imported in the EU from the country.

It is understood EU inspectors this week finalised an audit of Brazilian meat in the wake of a scandal over sanitary controls in the country.

The EU audit is understood critical of the countries sanitary controls and Commissioner Hogan today confirmed that its result was not enough to give reassurances to the marketplace in Europe about importation of certain products from Brazil.

“Now we are doing 100% sampling of all batches of products coming into the EU because of what happened in recent times," he said.

Commissioner Hogan also said the EU will be insisting on a very strong chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary issues in the context of a possible free trade deal outcome with the Mercosur countries.

“It wont derail the process,” he said while adding that “we have an obligation to our European consumers therefore we will continue to have audits in place at member state level to ensure that”.

It comes following shocking allegations that some of Brazil's top meat processors have been exporting rotten beef and poultry for years.

Authorities in Brazil have suspended 33 government officials and closed three meat plants amid the scandal. A further 21 meat plants are also being investigated.

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