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EU to Maintain Restrictions on Brazilian Beef

22 July 2010
Meat & Livestock Australia

EU - The EU is unlikely to change Brazilian beef import regulations, even after a recent visit by the Brazilian Minister of Agriculture to discuss the EU's stringent certification procedures, according to EU industry sources, according to market analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia.

Since February 2008, Brazilian farms need to be individually audited by Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA) technicians and later approved by the EU.

This initially cut the number of approved properties from around 10,000, to only 100. Currently, this figure is close to 2,000 establishments.

MLA said that the recent Minister's visit was intended to pass the approval responsibility to MAPA, but according to the EU Health and Consumer Commissioner, the ease in Brazilian product import controls faces strong pressure from EU producer organisations.

In addition, according to Brazilian producer associations, the number of certified establishments to the EU will increase proportionally as the EU certified steer price premium increases.

The MLA analysts said that the mark-up is currently only around 22-30A¢/kg, a level which does not encourage producers to join the system.

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