The European Commission’s (EC) decision to ban meat imports from 20 Brazilian plants is believed to be due to concerns over imports of poultry meat containing Salmonella. It is concerned that the South American country is not doing enough to address the risks posed by Salmonella. The ban affects between 30% and 35% of Brazil’s meat exports to the European Union (EU) and has angered the Brazilian government, which has vowed to challenge the ban. The Commission issued a notification this week that a consignment of frozen salted chicken half breasts from Brazil had been rejected at the German border because of the presence of Salmonella that had been tested on 12 March 2018.

The statement wrote: “We confirm that the Member States voted, unanimously, in favour of delisting 20 Brazilian establishments from which imports of meat and meat products (mainly poultry) are currently authorised.” The Brazilian trade organisation ABPA called the decision “disproportionate and inconsistent” with rules in the WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement. Click here to read the full article. Poultry world