Egg Industry News and Commentary

  —  Apr 5

 
Brazil Beef Industry Adjusting to Crisis

    

Despite the fact that authorities in Brazil closed three more processing plants during the last week of March, the crisis appears to have stabilized with China, Egypt and Chile resuming imports and Hong Kong expected to follow China.  Six of the 21 food processing plants raided are under an order mandating temporary closure but the remainder are shipping product to the domestic market, although not exporting.  A Department of Agriculture investigation does not disclose any threat to public health although restoration of confidence will require a commitment by both the Department of Agriculture and producers.

  

The EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Dr. Vytenis Andriukaitis confirmed “It’s not about bans, it is about restoring trust.”  He added, “It’s about people’s health and trust in trade.”

The EU is reviewing options and will have to be reassured that effective official control systems are in place before beef and poultry exports to the EU are restored.

As in the EU, U.S. producers are pressuring authorities to ban imports of Brazilian beef. All consignment are now subject to inspection including microbiological assay on entry to the U.S.