IFA calls for EU ban on meat imports from Brazil
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has called for a ban on Brazilian meat imported into the EU over claims that the country may have been exporting contaminated meat products.
IFA president Joe Healy said that Brazil failed to meet EU standards, and controls in the meat sector raises serious concerns around the imports.
Demanding that the EU insist on European standards for all such imports, IFA has written to the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis to impose an immediate ban.
Healy added that the move is relevant considering the ongoing EU-Mercosur trade talks and Brexit.
Healy said: “In the IFA policy document on Brexit, we have set out very clearly the need for equivalent standards on food safety, animal health, welfare and the environment and the need for the application of the Common External Tariff for imports to both the EU and UK.”
“No credible or proper control system can effectively operate on the basis of no traceability, tagging, registration and national database.”
The latest reports from Brazil indicate that basic requirements around traceability and food safety are still not being met in the country.
It is nearly a decade since IFA uncovered serious failures on how the authorities monitor and oversee the implementation of standards in Brazil, which are typical for farmers and the food industry in Europe, he added.
Image: The latest reports indicate that basic requirements around traceability and food safety are still not being met in Brazil. Photo: courtesy of The Irish Farmers Association.