Irish have beef with Brazil

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has slammed Brazil beef standards, calling for a ban and saying Brazil is treating the EU Commission with “contempt”.

In the wake of a recent Commission Food & Veterinary Office (FVO) report, Padraig Walshe said the study proves that Brazil's beef production "flies in the face of EU standards”.

Walshe said: “It is now clear and well-established from several FVO reports that the Brazilian authorities are not capable or prepared to take the necessary steps to meet EU standards. The EU Commission is left with no choice but to re-impose a ban on Brazilian beef imports.

“This latest report had once again vindicated the findings of the IFA/Farmers Journal investigation in Brazil in 2007, which found non-existent cattle traceability, widespread illegal removal and cutting out of tags, totally inadequate movement and FMD controls and the use of hormone growth promoters.”

The IFA president added that the report shows 50% of EU approved farms inspected failed to comply with EU standards and, out of 12 farms inspected, six were found to be non-compliant.

Brazilian beef imports to the UK have taken a major hit from 2007, when overall Brazilian bovine meat reached 27,427,900kg falling to 7,325,200kg in 2008.