Leaders of the UK and Irish Farming Unions met with EU health Commissioner
Markos Kyprianou to press him to take all necessary actions to safeguard
animal health in Europe.
About 80% of all cattle in Brazil are based on tropics-friendly
Nelore (zebu-type) genetics.
The five unions’ impressed on the Commissioner that all meat imports
entering the European Union must meet the same standards as that produced
within the EU. Evidence was produced highlighting that practices at farm
level in Brazil fall short of what is acceptable to European consumers.
A joint statement issued by the five presidents said:
“The threat of animal disease entering Britain and Ireland is one
of great concern to our members.
“While some progress appears to have been made by the Brazilian government,
many of the measures outlined in the Foreign and Veterinary Office mission
report have yet to be implemented. For example, the lack of traceability,
individual identification, appropriate veterinary records and the threat
of importing FMD. We reminded Commissioner Kyprianou that if there was any
problem with animal or consumer health as a result of sub standard imports
it was his responsibility.”
“The Commissioner acknowledged that there were some remaining problems,
a lack of good communication and some considerable time gaps in verifying
implementation of the FVO recommendations. He gave a commitment to improve
communication and progress individual identification protocols within Brazil.
He also stressed that if the next FVO mission found continued serious lack
of implementation he would take immediate action.
“There is an unquestionable need to demonstrate that Europe takes
animal health seriously and is prepared to take all necessary actions to
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