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Parliamentary questions
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21 January 2021
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005860/2020

The audit referred to by the Honourable Member identified some deficiencies mainly related to the traceability system and the hygienic standards applied in establishments eligible to export to the EU. Nonetheless, the outcomes of exhaustive traceability exercises carried out by the audit team during the visits to farmers and feedlots did not detect critical losses of traceability or illegal treatment of animals. Since 2013, no positive results for residues of hormonal growth promoters or beta-agonists in Canadian meat have been reported.

1. The Commission closely follows the developments in Canada and is monitoring the situation in order to ensure that appropriate remedial actions are taken. Following an assessment by the Commission of the complete list of follow-up actions undertaken by Canada, the Commission will determine whether a follow-up audit would be warranted in 2021. Canada reiterated their commitment during the recent meeting of the CETA Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures to pursue the follow-up to the audit to address the audit recommendations.

2. The deficiencies identified by the audit did not impact the compliance of beef with EU requirements on the non-use of hormonal growth promoters. Therefore, t here is no ground to introduce trade-related safeguard measures to protect public and/or animal health.

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