Mr. Woods met up with Vytenis Andriukaitis in Dublin this week at a citizens dialogue meeting on health and food safety in Dublin Castle.
Mr. Woods again reiterated his views on the Scandal that took over the Brazilian beef industry, he said “I made it very clear to Commissioner Andriukaitis that this scandal proved there are systematic failures in the controls in Brazil and the EU can no longer credibly rely on the authorities there to certify meat exports to the EU.”
Mr. Woods went onto claim that the real story behind the scandal in Brazil is yet to unfold, with bribery and fraudulent control authorities in operation.
He added “It is incredible that the EU Commission was only made aware of the issue through media reports. Attempts by the Brazilian authorities to try to confine the scandal to a limited
number of establishments are not credible, when the reports indicate that the government inspection and control authorities were operating fraudulently and taking bribes from processors to buy certificates.”
Mr. Woods went onto say the Food and Veterinary office of the EU has undergone investigations into standards in Brazil and he called for the findings of these reports to be released.
He said the latest scandal points to a breakdown of standards and control within Brazil, of which he says the Commission are aware due to previous FVO reports.
He also stated that “Standards and controls have to be at the centre of any trade discussions. The EU Commission cannot stand over negotiations with the Mercosur group against the backdrop of the very serious issues raised in Brazil.”
He referred to the clear nature of policy documents released by the IFA as an example, “In the IFA policy document on Brexit we have set out very clearly the need for equivalent standards on food safety, animal health, welfare and the environment and the need for the application of the Common External Tariff for imports to both the EU and UK”.