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Abiec celebrates change in Brazil’s BSE status

On Wednesday (May 23) MAPA announced the change Brazil’s status for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also known as "mad cow disease." "The change in risk for Brazil to ‘insignificant’ for BSE is a victory for the whole production chain in Brazilian livestock farming, and shows the progress made in sanitary controls in the country and the commitment by the Ministry of Agriculture to overcoming challenges," says Fernando Sampaio, executive director of the Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters (Abiec).

The change will facilitate a resumption of trade in tripe with the EU - estimated at US$ 100 million a year - and fresh beef on the bone for countries that have currently vetoed Brazilian products, arguing the country is classified as ‘controlled risk.’ Turkey, for example, fits this situation, consuming US$ 250 million worth of beef a yea. "Our status created additional difficulties in negotiations to open up and maintain markets and created mistrust of our controls, which also created a major image problem for the country. This development enables the industry to continue its success as a major supplier of beef worldwide with benefits to society," says Sampaio.

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