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European Delegation in Brazil Deals with Biofuel and Beef Ban

A slaughterhouse in Brazil Twelve European Members of Parliament are currently in Brazil to assess livestock and beef conditions, and the Brazilian biofuel industry. The visit is considered significant because Brazil has only just managed to resume beef exports to the EU.

Brussels had imposed last February a temporary ban on Brazilian beef based on sanitary rules. The MPE delegation is made up of members from the EP Agriculture Committee and EP representatives before Mercosur.

Last Monday, April 28, the MPEs visited the Brazilian Agriculture Confederation, the powerful cattlemen's lobby and later had an appointment with Agriculture minister Reinhold Stephanes and other members of his office and from the Environment Ministry.

The following day they met their counterparts in the Brazilian Congress, both Houses, and later in the day visited several livestock farms, an abattoir and Brazilian animal sanitary personnel.

Last February the European Commission banned the import of Brazilian beef alleging that some sanitary and traceability EU rules were being ignored.

At the end of February the EC allowed the resumption of Brazilian shipments but from a limited number of farms and now a total of 95 farms have been certified.

The severity of the EU decision can be measured by the 80 tons of Brazilian beef that have been shipped to the EU, so far, compared to the 300.000 tons of 2007.

A year ago 10.000 Brazilian farms had the EC traceability and export license. The ban was imposed mainly because of the different criteria applied by Brazilian veterinarians and that requested by the EC.

However Brazil still has to neutralize the powerful lobby of UK and Irish farmers and their MEPs who insisted on restricting the import of Brazilian beef, and some even went further pushing for a complete ban.

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    Let them eat cake.
    However Brazil still has to neutralize the powerful lobby of UK and Irish farmers and their MEPs who insisted on restricting the import of Brazilian beef, and some even went further pushing for a complete ban.

    Yes something about Brazilian beef being dressed in disease infested conditions, or was that the beef, or was that the favella. Apparently Brazilian beef being dressed as poorly as a large majority of sugar cane workers, none the less, if the EU will not eat Brazilian beef, let them eat cake, for most certainly half the starving world will most happily eat Brazilian beef dressed or undressed to the satorial rigor of Saville Row.

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    “for most certainly half the starving world will most happily eat Brazilian beef ”
    Correct….and how/with what….. will they pay ? They cant even afford rice or wheat or corn….thus what about….MEAT ????
    Is Brazil ready to extend loans (that wont be repaid anyway) to them ? Then…..pleeeeeeeaaaaase…..do it !

    Simple proof of how idiot YOU are….AES !

    I also remind you…that the average Brazilian meat prices paid by the EU was 3 times HIGHER than the prices you received from elsewhere ! Yesssss—-3 times more !
    Therefore we could expect that you play the sanitation and traceability rules….by the same rules…..the EU farmers are themselves subject !!!!!!!

    As to your generosity, you proved it : Brazil sent a plane with 14 tons of food to Haiti !!!!!
    Worth US$ 100’000.- !!!!!!!!!
    Whoaaaaaaaaaaaa……great for the world largest or second largest………. food producer !!!!!!!!!
    Isnt it ?

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    [quote]However Brazil still has to neutralize the powerful lobby of UK and Irish farmers and their MEPs who insisted on restricting the import of Brazilian beef, and some even went further pushing for a complete ban.[/quote]

    That is right. We have to neutralize them all.

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