When IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods met the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis in Dublin recently, Mr. Woods reiterated the IFA’s strong views on the Brazilian meat “scandal.”
Mr. Woods said: “I made it very clear to Commissioner Andriukaitis that this scandal proved there are systematic failures in the controls in Brazil and the EU can no longer credibly rely on the authorities there to certify meat exports to the EU.”
The IFA Livestock chairman met with Commissioner Andriukaitis along with Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness at a citizens’ dialogue meeting on health and food safety in Dublin Castle. He added that the Commissioner acknowledged the seriousness of the issues for the EU meat market and that there were major problems in Brazil.
Angus Woods said: “Since the ‘weak flesh scandal’ story broke in the Brazilian media on March 17th of this year, the real story regarding the sheer extent and political involvement is only beginning to emerge in Brazil.”
The IFA Livestock leader added that the real story and details behind this scandal have not fully emerged.
He said: “It is incredible that the EU Commission was only made aware of the issue through media reports. Attempts by the Brazilian authorities to try to confine the scandal to a limited number of establishments are not credible, when the reports indicate that the government inspection and control authorities were operating fraudulently and taking bribes from processors to buy certificates.”
The IFA Livestock leader said the EU Commission must withdraw from trade talks with Mercosur while this investigation in Brazil is ongoing.