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Copa-Cogeca, the EU farming body, has expressed concerns over the impact a trade deal with Latin American countries could have on the EU beef industry during an event in the European Parliament on November 30.
It is alleged that member countries of the Mercosur trading bloc, comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela as main members and Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Suriname as associates, do not have the same traceability standards as the EU and are users of antibiotic growth promoters.
“The sector is also confronted with increased competition from imports, especially when it comes to high-value cuts”, said Jean-Pierre Fleury, Chairman, Copa-Cogeca, adding that a new EU trade impact study confirms the impact of the upcoming trade deals as “catastrophic” unless tariff-quotas are established.
According to the farming body, EU beef production is carried out by 2.5 million family-owned companies, generating €30.5 billion each year. Fleury has called for a deeper analysis of the differences between the EU and South American carcase cuts in order to develop “the right EU meat strategy”.
Earlier this year, officials from countries such as Brazil and Uruguay expressed their discontentment with the European Union’s first trade deal offer to Mercosur countries because it does not include beef quotas, that would enable South American beef to push down import prices and allow for greater volumes into the EU market. Read more here.
Source: Global Meat News