Brazil meat scandal dominates Agriculture committee debate on EU trade talks
A corruption scandal in Brazil over sale and export of rotten meat dominated the Tuesday’s Agriculture committee debate on ongoing and future EU trade talks. MEPs deplored lack of credible food safety controls in Brazil but also asked the Commission why it had not been able to identify apparently long-lasting problems before learning about it from news reports.
Many MEPs asked for more details about the extent of the fraud and stressed the EU must do utmost protect its consumers. Several members questioned severity of food-safety checks at EU borders, which, they said, should have detected problems with imported Brazilian meat long before revealed by press.
MEPs insisted that any importers of foodstuffs into the EU should respect the same strict rules EU producers have to abide by. Some members called for an immediate revamp of the Brazilian system of food production controls as a prerequisite for any future trade in food products. Several MEPs also asked to put Mercosur trade talks on hold.
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
In the chair: Czesław Adam Siekierski (EPP, PL)
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