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Meat Imports

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the volume and value of beef imported from Brazil was in each of the last five years, broken down by state. (116064)

[holding answer 17 January 2007]: The volume and value of beef imports (including meat and offal preparations) from Brazil to the United Kingdom since 2001 are shown as follows:

£000

Tonnes

2001

134,030

92,681

2002

131,709

100,573

2003

123,255

97,590

2004

134,113

93,619

2005

133,163

85,752

20061

128,677

70,724

1 January to October.

These figures were obtained from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs for all consignments which have been declared through the required channels by both exporters and importers, in accordance with European Union (EU) regulations.

Due to the EU tracing systems for all trade, it is not possible to break down these figures by states within third countries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which states in Brazil have (a) reported outbreaks of foot and mouth in the last 12 months and (b) been subject to EU bans on exports. (116065)

[holding answer 17 January 2007]: In the last 12 months outbreaks of foot and mouth disease have been reported in Brazil in or around the regions of Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo and Parana.

These regions, and associated affected areas, have been subject to European Union (EU) restrictions on exports since October 2005, when outbreaks were first confirmed there.

Imports of livestock susceptible to foot and mouth disease from Brazil as a whole are currently banned under EU law. There is currently no evidence that we are aware of to justify a total EU ban on imports of meat and related food products from Brazil, although the Commission is keeping the situation under close scrutiny.