Acid, cardboard and carcinogenic products are the latest revelations in the ongoing Braziian meat scandal.
It was revealed by the BBC at the weekend that tonnes of rotten beef and adulterated poultry was entering Europe from the worlds largest beef producer Brazil.
After a 1000 police force crackdown and 2 year investigation the extent of the Brazilian industry has been laid bare. Irish farm bodies have been quick to react with the ICSA’s Patrick Kent calling for an immediate ban:
“The EU has been warned time and time again about the risks of South American beef imports. It is outrageous that the EU keeps giving a second chance to Brazil, even when the FVO (Food and Veterinary Office) reports have continuously shown major deficiencies in Brazilian beef practices.”
“Worst of all are the ongoing attempts to sacrifice quality EU beef production by negotiating bi-lateral trade deals with South American countries under the Mercosur talks. The impact of this would be to totally undermine Irish and other EU beef farmers by flooding the EU with cheap, sub-standard Brazilian beef,” he added.
President of the ICMSA John Comer is to meet with Commissioner Phil Hogan today and will raise his concerns of what should happen next:
“Firstly, we have to consider the scale of this alleged fraud and the reported extent of official involvement because it appears very considerable indeed and that has to mean a systemic problem which can only be countered by a systemic and independent investigation and verification of the produce that the Brazilians have been exporting. The second point – and it’s even more alarming – is the extent and nature of the frauds in terms of the health risks we might be contemplating here: these are of the most serious kind and must be treated as an absolute priority. ICMSA has said on innumerable occasions that the EU insistence - a correct one, in our opinion - on the highest possible standards being applied to indigenous EU production of food only makes sense in a context where the food being imported into the EU is of similar quality and standards. Otherwise what is the point? There’s no point in operating our own certified farm-to-fork safety policy if we have even a remote possibility of this kind of stuff coming in from Brazil. ICMSA is meeting Commissioner Hogan this afternoon on CAP Reform and Brexit and we will now be asking the Commissioner what action we can expect in light of this latest evidence that places a huge question mark besides meat imports from Brazil. The response has to be immediate and it has to mean a complete cessation on meat imports from Brazil.”
Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice had this to say:
"On Saturday the BBC reported that Brazil had been selling rotten beef and poultry products internationally for years. The vast majority of those exports go to the EU. This situation is so serious that three meat processing plants have been closed and another 21 are under investigation and 30 Government officials have been suspended so far. It is alleged that acid and other carcinogenic products were mixed with beef to alter products and that potatoes water and carboard were mixed with poultry products. These are absolutely shocking allegations and I am calling on Minster Creed to call an immediate Council of Ministers meeting with a view to banning all food imports from Brazil into the EU until this situation is properly investigated and regularised."
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