China set to visit Brazil to inspect 84 slaughterhouse refrigerators

By Ashley Williams contact

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China will inspect whether Brazilian slaughterhouses comply with international trade practices
China will inspect whether Brazilian slaughterhouses comply with international trade practices
Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply has revealed that Asian veterinarians from China will visit the South American country at the end of May to review 84 slaughterhouse refrigerators.

The visit will allow Brazil to show China that its slaughterhouses comply with international trade practices after the European Union set restrictions on its poultry meat exports in April following re-ignited investigations into Brazilian meat businesses in March.

The investigations involved four BRF​ industrial plants, as well as laboratories that allegedly covered up the presence of salmonella in products from BRF.

The technical mission was arranged during a meeting with Brazil’s agriculture minister Blairo Maggi and Chinese minister of commerce Zhong Shan in Beijing, China this week.

The talks in China consisted of resolving the difficulties in trade relations between the two countries, with Maggi suggesting that Brazil and China had many things in common.

Brazil currently has 102 lawsuits pending against China at the World Trade Organization, where some trade practices are contested.

The European Commission proposed stopping 20 Brazilian companies​, including BRF, to export meat products into the European Union following a unanimous vote.

Following the vote, Brazil has announced intentions to fight​ the EU’s restrictions at the World Trade Organization (WTO) where cases take around 12-15 months to resolve.

Maggi said WTO cases demonstrated that protectionism in many countries was still “very strong​” and believed this type of attitude from the government [European Commission] only disrupted free trade between the countries.

The World Trade Organization is a forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements and to settle disputes.

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