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OIE calls for end to embargo on Brazil

The director general of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Bernard Vallat, has asked the countries that are imposing embargoes on imports of beef from Brazil, following the discovery of non-typical BSE last month, to lift their restrictions as soon as possible, saying the measure is unjustified.

Last week, Brazil's Foreign Trade Office said that the country was considering appealing to the World Trade Organization (WTO) if the countries that have imposed restrictions on Brazilian products do not lift the embargoes.

Since the announcement of the atypical case, ten countries have suspended purchases of beef or derivatives from Brazil: Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, China and Taiwan have adopted a total embargo, while Jordan and Lebanon have restricted products from Paraná, Peru has suspended purchases completely for three months, and Chile has restricted only meat and bone meal. Saudi Arabia, however, has since resume purchases of livestock.

Information provided by Reuters


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