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Brazil’s Agriculture Minister, Tereza Cristina, announced the Government has received a go ahead from Chinese authorities to resume beef exports to the country, leading meatpacker Minerva to suspend the planned collective holidays at its Barretos unit, Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.
As reported by ILM, the Brazilian government had suspended shipments of beef to China after the discovery of an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, the so-called mad cow disease, in the state of Mato Grosso. The case does not change Brazil's risk classification for the disease, which remains insignificant, according to the Ministry, however, a protocol signed with China in 2015 requires the immediate suspension of shipments should such an event be detected. Beef exports were not interrupted to other countries.
According to Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) closed the request for additional information on the case from Brazil, alleging that there is no health risk. On June 13, Brazilian meatpacker Minerva said it decided to suspend the collective holidays it had announced for the 635 employees of its Barretos unit, which was to be closed June 17-30. Read more here.
China is Brazil's main market for beef in terms of value and the second in volume, after Hong Kong. In 2018, shipments to China totalled 322,400 tonnes and US$1.49 billion, representing increases of 52.54% and 60.04%, respectively, compared with 2017, according to the Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters (Abiec).