Copa and Cogeca recommends strong action against Brazilian meat imports to EU
The Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations (Copa) and General Committee for Agricultural Cooperation in the European Union (Cogeca) have written a letter to the European Commission (EC) to take action against Brazilian meat imports in the EU following the recent meat scandal in the country.
Both Copa and Cogeca asked the EC to closely monitor the precautions taken by the Brazilian authorities in order to ensure that these problems do not exist in other meat production sites and take appropriate measures to avoid similar issues in the future.
The EC must now ensure that the imported products meet the high EU standards.
It is now reported that European farmers and their cooperatives cannot compromise EU food safety standards or risk consumer confidence due to fraud in non-EU countries.
Copa and Cogeca secretary-general Pekka Pesonen said: “It is not acceptable to have this kind of fraud cases emerging where export certificates have been falsified for ten years or more and veterinary requirements not complied with.
“This is not the first time that the Brazilian authorities are facing fraud. Unfortunately, we have not seen sufficient corrective measures put in place. Effective action must be taken to prevent it from happening again.
“Copa and Cogeca strongly support the European Commission’s decision to reject the European veterinary certificate for meat imports from the four Brazilian sites affected by food fraud. But this decision does not go far enough to prevent such a situation from happening again.
“We need to recognise that the missions carried out by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) and the controls undertaken at EU borders have been unable to detect the weaknesses in the Brazilian food safety system, which have apparently being going on for more than ten years.”
Copa and Cogeca further explained that they want the commission to take a strong trade action such as imposing a temporary ban on Brazilian imports to the EU, which has already been done by some of the non-EU countries.
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