In view of the next round of trade talks with the Latin American trade bloc Mercosur and also with the new meat safety concerns which have emerged in Brazil, Copa and Cogeca underlined the importance of ensuring that imports to the EU meet EU safety standards and that animal traceability conditions are met.
Talking in Brussels, Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said “We need fair and balanced deals on agriculture in any trade agreement. We have some of the highest food safety and animal welfare standards in the world which imports to the EU must meet, otherwise our safety standards will be compromised”.
“In the trade talks with Mercosur, we have sent a letter to the EU Commission calling for our safety standards to be met and for Mercosur countries to ensure the individual traceability of cattle and for a ban on the use of meat and bone meal in feed in poultry production. These countries currently do not have the same standards as us. This was highlighted by the case in Brazil today where over 30 top representatives in the agri – food sector were arrested for failing to comply with veterinary requirements in the beef sector”, he said.