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EU rejects more poultry from Thailand, less from Brazil

Salmonella findings give hope to Brazilian suppliers

Brazil is no longer the main culprit when it comes to Salmonella-related poultry cases reported to EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

An analysis of recent figures shows that just six Brazilian chicken consignments were turned back at EU ports between May 1 and August 15. This compares with 27 RASFF notifications of Salmonella in Polish poultry. A further 17 notifications involved poultry from other EU countries including France, Netherlands and UK*.

When it comes to non-EU countries, Brazil’s six notifications compares with eight in poultry from Thailand and three in poultry from Chile.

It also represents a sharp fall when compared to 2017, when the number of rejected Brazilian consignments averaged more than one a day - totalling 388 for the year as a whole.

Brazil and Thailand together account for around 86% of the chicken imported by the EU while Chile accounts for just 2%. Poland is the bloc’s largest poultry producer.

Brazilian authorities have been tightening up controls since the EU banned some 20 poultry establishments in May. The banned suppliers together accounted for around a third of Brazilian poultry exports to the EU last year.

Despite a drop in the number of cases, food recall experts Stericycle Expert Solutions say recent rejections are likely to hamper Brazil’s efforts to normalize trade with the EU.

Brazilian customs data shows the country exported almost 110,000 tonnes of chicken meat to the EU in the first half of this year – down 38% when compared to Jan-June 2017.

*Data from May 1 to August 15

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