Bird Flu Forces Brazil do Cut 25% of Its Chicken Production

As a result of the bird flu outbreak abroad, most of all in Europe, Brazil has been losing the chance to export 50,000 tons of chicken per month, according to Érico Antônio Pozzer, vice-president for the southeast region of the Brazilian Poultry Union (UBA).

In an attempt to balance supply and demand, Brazilian poultry breeders have decreased their production by 20-25%.

"We were exporting 250,000 tons of chicken monthly in the last four months of last year. This quantity fell to 200 thousand tons in January, 190 thousand in February, and rose again to more than 200 thousand tons in March.

"We are missing out on the chance to export around 50,000 tons of the product per month, chiefly in consequence of the news circulating in Europe. Consumption there is resuming, but there are excess stocks of the product, causing Brazilian exports to decline," he explained.

To prevent the outbreak from catching Brazil and the breeders off guard, in case it reaches Brazil, on Friday, April 7, the government launched the National Plan for the Prevention of Avian Influenza (bird flu) and the Control and Prevention of Newcastle Disease (named after the English city of Newcastle, where it appeared for the first time).

According to Pozzer, the most important feature of the plan is to monitor the arrival of the virus in Brazil, if this occurs.

"We have to identify the problem immediately, isolate the area, and slaughter all the animals, confining the problem to the region and taking steps to deal with the human element," he said.

Agência Brasil


  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You May Also Like

Brazil-Venezuela Venture Will Refine 200,000 Oil Barrels a Day

Brazil's government-managed oil multinational Petrobras and government owned Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) signed on ...

After 2-Year Hiatus, Brazil Getting Ready to Hold Oil Rights Auction

Brazil will hold a 13th round of oil rights auctions in the first half ...

New Tests Support Estimates of Up to 8 Billion Barrels of New Light Oil in Brazil

Petrobras, the Brazilian government controlled oil and gas multinational, said its seventh well in ...

Brazil: Conviction of US Nun’s Murderer Thrown Out of Court

Just last October, Brazilian Rayfran das Neves Sales, self-confessed killer of American missionary Dorothy ...

Brazil and Argentina Take First Step to Eliminate Dollar in Mercosur Trade

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, presidents of Brazil and ...

After NY and Paris, Brazil’s TAM Gets to Fly to London Daily

While once pride of Brazil Varig is in the throes of death TAM S.A. ...

Brazilian Supreme Votes for End to Nepotism in the Courts

As a result of a great effort, nepotism in the Brazilian government has been ...

Asia’s Need for Food Gives Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul a Boost

The southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul saw its exports grow 22% ...

Brazil Tragedy: US Pilots Ask Passport Back, Controllers Say They’re Innocent

José Carlos Dias, the lawyer hired by the New York air-taxi company ExcelAire to ...