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What Ireland Wants for Christmas: a Ban on Brazilian Beef

Brazil beef Ireland would like to see an immediate ban on Brazilian beef imports into the European Union due to concerns that the country's produce does not meet the standards of the bloc, Irish farm minister Mary Coughlan said on Wednesday, December 19.

The EU will meet soon to examine how to tighten its import rules for Brazilian beef, probably in targeted restrictions rather than a blanket ban, European Commission officials said this week.

"Today I have instructed my officials to call for an outright ban based on the information that is now being made available to the Commission on non-compliance (by Brazil)," Coughlan said.

Experts from the EU traveled last month to Brazil – the world's top beef exporter – to investigate claims by farmers and members of the European Parliament that Brazilian ranchers did not meet the kind of standards required for EU farmers.

For months, European farm groups have urged the Commission, the EU executive, to get tough with their competitors in Brazil for what they say are substandard conditions. Brazil's beef industry has strenuously denied the claims.

Ireland has been at the forefront of these efforts, especially over issues such as the traceability and tagging of livestock. "Opportunities were given to the Brazilian authorities to provide the necessary requirements for the EU trade. That has not happened," Coughlan said.

Coughlan, though was "not sure" whether the EU would agree to Ireland's request. Commission members will meet for discussions on a draft decision, with a vote to be taken by experts on Thursday, December 20. The EU is not expected to impose major restrictions on Brazilian beef imports and hamper trade flows.

Brazil ships only about 26% of its annual beef production abroad, but is the world's largest exporter and accounts for 44% of sales on the world market. EU countries take about a fifth of Brazilian beef exports, roughly the same as Brazil's biggest foreign client, Russia.

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  • ch.c.

    furthermore…to the idiot JC
    health and record keeping are based on sanitation rules and regulations…….if you did not know !!!!
    At least this is the case in the EU. And this is the problem Brazilian cattles have with the EU regulations….if you did not know….yet !

    Enjoy your lack of common sense.

  • ch.c.

    to the B.S JC !!!!!
    May I simply suggest that you RE-read what I said !
    The same that YOU SAID !!!!!

    Brazilian idiots will remain idiots…..for eternity !
    You prove it….once more….just as usual !
    Sorry for you….jumkie.
    😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

  • Shelly

    And the Irish…
    Well, having visited good O’ Ireland many times, spent my honeymoon traveling North and South, the Irish are the least clean of all Europeans. Their hygiene habits are appalling> Just go to a pub and watch a worker, go in the bathroom and LEAVE without washing. It churned my stomach… YUCK! Also, who the fuck are they to talk about sanitation? They have huge problems with Mad Cow disease, foot-mouth, sheep with blue tongue disease…and the list goes on. More cattle are raised in the middle and south of Brazil than in the Amazon. I can understand the concern, but Ireland needs to shut the fuck up. On a side note, I cannot donate blood to the Red Cross because I have lived in England and have traveled to Ireland, not because I was raised in Brazil.

    I there needs to be regulation of cattle raised in illegal lands, not point denying it. Right now, the Brazilian government is in denial about a lot of things. The Amazon is “terra de Malboro”, no man’s land, where the constitution means ZERO.

  • jc

    you both full of shit!!
    a) Traceability is related to health and record keeping not necessarily sanitation.
    b) Less than 3% of the of brazil’s catle is raised in the Amazon land deforestation.

  • ch.c.

    To the “smart” Gringo on traceability !
    The traecability is NOT if cattles were raised or not in the illegal parts of the Amazon.
    But in case on sanitation problems regardless of where cattles were raised.
    And traceability also include the proofs of sanitation rules such as the records of vaccines and dates given.

    sorry “smart” Gringo

  • Gringo

    [quote]Ireland has been at the forefront of these efforts, especially over issues such as the traceability and tagging of livestock.[/quote]

    80% of Amazon deforestation is illegal, the government admits this much. The number one destroyer of the Amazon is cattle ranching, so with a good chunk of cattle being raised on illegal lands, it stands to reason that there would be irregularities and problems with traceability.

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