China releases stocks of Brazilian beef

Beef stocks were help due to isolated atypical BSE case
calendar icon 11 July 2023
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The country released the entry of meat produced on February 21 and 22, before the confirmation of the isolated atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), according to the Brazilian government

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (Mapa) managed, together with the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC), to release the stock of Brazilian beef produced before the confirmation of an atypical case of BSE in February 23, when the Asian country temporarily suspended exports of the Brazilian product.

According to estimates by the Ministry of Commerce and International Relations (SCRI), there are approximately 40,000 tons of beef that, with the measure, could be sold to China. It is frozen meat, in conditions suitable for consumption, produced on the 21st and 22nd of February.

“There are R$ 2.5 billion that will enter and warm up the Brazilian economy. President Lula acted directly to achieve this feat and the result came,” declared the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Carlos Fávaro.

As determined by the protocol established between Brazil and China, upon confirmation of a case of BSE, beef exports to the country are automatically suspended. Thus, in view of the confirmation of the atypical case, sales were temporarily interrupted.

With permanent dialogue and total transparency, the GACC praised the Brazilian Sanitary Defense system and announced the resumption of imports less than a month after the embargo. However, the meat produced on the eve of confirmation remained in the so-called stock, until the release negotiated between the Brazilian and Chinese governments.

“When we establish a relationship from State to State, what is at stake is not the personal interest of the President of the Republic, what is prevailing are the sovereign interests of the country he represents,” commented President Lula, who directly addressed with President Xi Jinping releasing the stock.

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