terça-feira, 14 de novembro, 2017

Country presses against EU barriers to chicken; exports shrank by 17.5%

BRASILIA-the Brazilian Government press against barriers imposed by the European Union chicken exports. After weak flesh, launched in March this year, the European market surveillance has been intensified and sales retreated 17.5% compared to 2016, according to data from the Brazilian Association of Animal protein (ABPA). m letter to European Commissioner for trade, Cecilia Malmstrom, obtained by the State, the Minister of agriculture, Blairo Maggi, recounts action adopted by Brazil after the scandal, with arrests of people and production process review. At the same time, States that the monitoring and the growth in the number of notifications of loads with problems, "simplistic" approach has harmed the image of the Brazilian product and caused "harmful effects" on exports. The same points were raised by Brazil in the World Trade Organization (WTO), in a meeting intended to discuss "concerns" in trade relations between the countries. From January to September this year, Brazil exported 110,400 tons of salted chicken to Europe, according to the ABPA. Last year, in the same period, were 133,900 tons. There was a 17.5% decline in sales. Revenues of $ $294.8 million in 2016 retreated to $ $241.5 million this year, in the same period of comparison. The Brazil questions, mainly, why Europeans use different criteria for fresh chicken and fresh chicken with addition of up to 2% salt. In the first, is tolerated the presence of virtually all 2,500 types of salmonella known, with the exception of two: Typhimurium and Enteritidis. In the chicken with salt, is not tolerated any type of salmonella. Without salt. Occurs that Brazil exports mainly chicken meat in brine, more specifically the breast of the bird, which serves as a raw material for the food industry. That's because, after a battle at the WTO, the Country has earned the right to export 170,000 tons of salted chicken. Unsalted chicken, the allowed are 14000 tons. Barriers based on health issues, as is the case, you need to have scientific proof, according to WTO rules. The Brazil raised this point with the multilateral body. According to sources of the Brazilian side, the Europeans have studies to prove the barrier but not presented. In the letter, Maggi says the accuracy about the jerky is "disproportionate" to the rule applied to chicken with salt. He argues that the criterion is the same, since both are intended for industrial processing. "That attitude to take this kind of analysis and begin using the criterion of cooked meat in salted meat has behind some political aspect or protectionist," said the Vice-President of the ABPA, Ricardo Santini. "Because she is not justified in terms of public health protection." He added that, for many years, Brazil exports to Europe and there has never been a problem. According to the Executive, European standard of total control of salmonella on the salty chicken exists for a long time, but only came to be applied to real after weak flesh. The chicken exported by Brazil competes with local production in Europe. But, according to Santini, customers consider the Brazilian product has a better hygiene condition. To understand This primarily in poultry and eggs, salmonella can cause gastroenteritis and other health problems. However, these bacteria die when submitted by a few seconds at temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius, technical report of the Brazilian Government. So, although they are a relatively common problem in chicken, salmonella is not considered a big risk to health because it's not a meat consumed raw. So much so that Europeans themselves admit the incidence of bacteria in fresh chicken. They only control two of them, when there are more than 2,500 types of salmonella. Still, refrigerators that export chicken to this and other markets are subjected to audits of s buyers.
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