Farm Ireland

Sunday 25 February 2018

Hogan tells farming body EU will take 'decisive action' on Brazilian beef scare

Photo: GETTY
Photo: GETTY
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

ICMSA President, John Comer, has said that at a meeting with Commissioner Hogan held yesterday, the Irish delegation was told that “decisive action” will follow the reports of a scandal involving the standards operated by Brazilian meat processors in both the beef and poultry sectors.

Comer was discussing CAP reform and the implications of next week’s triggering of Article 50 by the UK when he raised the question of whether the EU could continue to permit the importation of meats from Brazil in light of the most recent revelations.

He said that the arrests of significant numbers of Brazilian agricultural officials in connection with the taking of bribes were unacceptable and said that reports of sub-standard meat entering the food chain were horrifying.

According to Comer, Commissioner Hogan assured the ICMSA delegation that the Commission was “fully aware” of the dangers presented and he promised what he termed “decisive action” aimed at reassuring both EU farmers and consumers in relation to the Brazilian revelations. 

The ICMSA President said there was little point in holding our own farmers and primary producers to the highest standards when our whole system was in danger of being undermined through the importation of Brazilian products originating in the most questionable regulatory and processing circumstances.

It was revealed in recent days that Brazilian police and authorities were investigating beef processors and government officials over allegations of rotten meat entering the food chain.

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