Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Council Minutes, 12 June 2017

HYGIENE - Council Discussions: Meat fraud in Brazil

The following is an extract from the Minutes of the Agriculture Council held on the 12 June 2017:

The Council was updated on the latest measures implemented by the Commission to respond to the meat fraud discovered in Brazil in March 2017.

Following the measures put in place immediately after the fraud was detected, i.e. the suspension of imports from the fraudulent establishments and reinforced import control checks, the Commission carried out an extensive audit in Brazil in May 2017. As the results of the audit were not considered to be satisfactory, the Commission indicated that further actions were required from the Brazilian authorities.

In the following debate delegations expressed their worries as to the fraud and commended the actions undertaken by the Commission. Some asked for an even stricter approach vis à vis the Brazilian authorities.

The Commission said it would keep monitoring closely the situation and informing the Council accordingly. It also confirmed that, if Brazil failed to comply with the EU requests, more decisive actions would be considered.

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