The European Union has suspended imports of Brazilian meat products, mostly poultry. This move has affected about 20 plants that have been authorised to export to the EU.
Europe’s decision to ban imports from several Brazilian suppliers has affected about 30 to 35% of the country’s exports. Agriculture Minister, Blairo Maggi said this will force companies to find new markets while officials work to reverse the measure.
“I was in Europe last week and we were waiting for a definition of how many, if any plants, were going to be de-listed,” Minister Blairo Maggi told reporters in Paraná after the measure was unveiled.
“We need to start talks to re-establish these plants as soon as possible,” he said.
Maggi has noted the Brazilian government would request that a trade mission be allowed in Europe to negotiate a reversal of the measure. He also adds that Brazilian companies will have to search for new markets to quickly substitute these exports.
According to Reuters, the ban also dealt a blow to Brazil’s largest chicken processor, BRF SA, which had 12 plants delisted by the EU after its involvement in a food safety investigation.