IN view of the beef scandal that has broken in Brazil in recent weeks, West Cork independent TD Deputy Michael Collins has called on government to push for a total ban on Brazilian meat import into the EU and for the immediate suspension of the Mercosur trade deal.
On addressing the Dail, Deputy Collins said, “I was shocked to discover that after a two year investigation in Brazil by federal police a number of companies are accused of using chemicals and acid to disguise rotten meat. One of the startling things to emerge is that the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety in the European Commission only learned of this investigation in Brazil through the press when the scandal broke. This is a frightening situation because it appears that the investigation was ongoing for two years.
“My fear is for the safety of the European consumer of these Brazilian food products and also for the beef producers within the EU and Ireland where we have full traceability from farm to fork yet these farmers are competing against major international companies from various parts of the world who it is clear are not subjected to anywhere near the same type of regulation, this is obviously giving international competitors a huge advantage.
“I’m calling on our government to take serious action at European level in the interests of public safety. I feel that our government needs to push for a total ban on Brazilian meat import into the EU and for the immediate suspension of the Mercosur trade deal,” he concluded.