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Animals: Brazil

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the recently published report by the EU Food and Veterinary Office on animal health controls in Brazil; (167166)

(2) which states in Brazil have (a) reported outbreaks of foot and mouth in the last year for which figures are available and (b) been subject to EU bans on imports of meat.

DEFRA is aware of the concerns being expressed about meat imported from Brazil. However, it is for the European Commission to follow up the recommendations in the EU Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) report through both the Brazilian authorities and further EU FVO missions. We are pressing the Commission for its response to the report.

Brazil has reported no outbreaks of foot and mouth disease to the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) during 2007. However, evidence of virus circulation in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul was detected through serological surveillance and this was reported to the OIE in February 2007.

Imports of de-boned and matured fresh meat (including chilled and frozen) are currently permitted only from the following states, or parts of states, of Brazil:

i. EspĂ­ritu Santo;

ii. Goias;

iii. Rio Grande do Sul;

iv. Santa Catarina;

v. Parts of Mato Grosso;

vi. Parts of Minas Gerais.