Beef Inspection Hots Up as Mission Heads To Paragauy13 June 2013
CHILE – A mission has been sent to inspect meat processing facilities in Paraguay with a view to opening up greater amounts of beef to Chile.
In all, 350 meat processing plants are on a list for official inspection by the National Service for Animal Quality and Health. Currently, 105 plants have passed hygiene inspections.
The mission could restore faith in the Paraguayan beef sector which, before disease outbreaks September 2011 and January 2012, provided $500 million worth of beef to Chile annually.
This year up to the end of April, Paraguay meat exports to Chile totalled 13 million tons.
Chilean and Paraguayan officials hope the facilities will be ready to prepare beef for export by July.
A decision around meat health and food safety within the plants is expected by the end of the week.
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