Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue TD says he is deeply disturbed by the reports emerging regarding the export of contaminated meat from Brazil.
Deputy McConalogue says a ban on the import of Brazilian meat will have to be seriously considered until the issue has been resolved.
“I was horrified to read reports over the weekend of how Brazilian authorities have uncovered substandard product in meat processing plants that was subsequently exported. This includes rotten meat and the prevalence of salmonella.
“Considering the EU is one of the main markets for Brazilian beef and poultry exports, contingency actions need to be put in place to safeguard European consumers from substandard meat product. This includes an immediate ban on all Brazilian meat imports to the EU.
“It is paramount that meat imports into Europe meet premier EU safety standards and that animal traceability conditions are maintained.
“On another front, the Mercosur trade talks between the EU and South American countries are due to recommence next week. My party has been consistent in the view that Mercosur represents a dangerous threat to European and Irish beef farmers.
“Given the dark cloud hanging over Brazilian meat exports from these latest revelations, it is vital that any discussions on beef entering the EU market from this region remain off the negotiation table.
“It is vital that Ireland and other like-minded EU member state countries make it clear to the Commission that European consumers cannot be exposed to substandard controls covering food safety, animal health controls, tractability and environmental standards.”