Brazil tells WTO members its meat inspection measures are safe

Last week the Canadian Food Inspection Agency suspended meat imports from two Brazilian plants under investigation in a meat packing scandal.

Several other countries have also curtailed meat imports from Brazil after a probe into corruption by health inspectors and the alleged sale of spoiled products.

At a meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures on March 23, Brazil updated WTO members on the measures it has taken to ensure the safety of its meat and meat products.

According to Brazil, the Federal Police launched an investigation on March 17, 2017 into irregular practices involving certification of meat and meat products in 21 meat processing facilities that handle beef, poultry and pork products. These initial findings were taken very seriously by the authorities, and facts were being thoroughly checked and investigated by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Brazilian delegation told the committee that since the start of the investigation several measures have been taken to ensure the safety and quality of the products.

The delegation said the alleged misconduct only applied to a fraction of Brazil’s sanitary controls on animal products. Brazil urged members to take into account this information and not to resort to measures which would run counter to WTO rules.

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