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EU Brazilian Beef Ban Hits Hard

28 March 2008

BRAZIL - The European ban on beef exports from Brazil has been estimated to have cost the Brazilian beef industry US$300 million to date.

According to the Brazilian Beef Export Association (ABIEC) the only beef that has been shipped to Europe has been to meet contracts that were signed before the ban came into place.

Exports following the ban have been restricted to 97 of the 106 farms that have been approved to supply export licensed abattoirs.

ABIEC, however, has said that this is not sufficient to maintain export supplies and that it would need 3,000 farms to meet demand.

To obtain export approval the farms have to meet the Approved Agricultural Establishments in Sisbov standards (ERAS) which will take at least 60 days to carry out the on-farm audits.

Fabio Tito Rosa from Scot Consultoria said that no containers will be leaving Brazil before at least 600 farms have achieved ERAS status.

Antonio Camardelli from ABIEC said that few processors in the country could economically export with so few animals available.

TheCattleSite News Desk


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