MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, February 16th 2019 - 04:04 UTC

Brazil plans a self-monitoring system for food processors, despite a non-encouraging record

Saturday, January 19th 2019 - 09:36 UTC
Full article 2 comments
Tereza Cristina Dias said that Brazil's new business-friendly government plans to send draft legislation on self-monitoring to Congress in the first half of this year Tereza Cristina Dias said that Brazil's new business-friendly government plans to send draft legislation on self-monitoring to Congress in the first half of this year
The scandal briefly threatened about US$ 15 billion in exports from Brazil’s powerhouse protein industry as markets from China to Europe curtailed shipments The scandal briefly threatened about US$ 15 billion in exports from Brazil’s powerhouse protein industry as markets from China to Europe curtailed shipments

Brazil is moving toward a self-monitoring system for food processors, Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said on Friday, including meatpackers still recovering from an inspection scandal that hurt trade with key markets. Dias said in an interview that Brazil's new business-friendly government plans to send draft legislation on self-monitoring to Congress in the first half of this year.

Self-monitoring, widely used in the United States and other developed countries in Europe, would be introduced gradually across various agricultural products and eventually be used for oversight of meatpackers.

“Why can’t Brazil do self-monitoring when Europe and the United States use it?” Dias asked.

Commercial partners banned certain Brazilian meat producers after a federal probe revealed alleged bribery and falsified inspection results in the country’s meat exporting industry, the world’s largest.

The scandal briefly threatened about US$ 15 billion in exports from Brazil’s powerhouse protein industry as markets from China to Europe curtailed shipments of meat pending a review of the South American nation’s inspection protocols.

But Dias, a farm lobby congresswoman who was picked to head the agriculture ministry by new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, adamantly defended the food industry’s ability to monitor itself.
“Our agriculture sector can provide guarantees. Just because of one episode we shouldn’t demonize Brazil’s food industry,” she said.

Dias argued that Brazilian multinational companies already use self-monitoring at subsidiaries abroad. Brazil is home to meatpacking giants JBS SA and BRF SA, both of which were implicated in the ongoing food probes.

The federal investigation, which started in 2017 and was expanded last year, is examining relations between food processors, Agriculture Ministry officials and laboratories with a mandate to certify the safety of meat sold domestically and in foreign markets such as China, Japan, the Middle East and Europe.

Dias said she has not begun talks with the European Union over lifting its ban on Brazilian chicken imports as the Bolsonaro government, which took office on Jan. 1, was still formulating its policies.

The agriculture minister said she may travel to China in February or March, but no date for the trip has been set. Beijing has imposed anti-dumping measures on Brazilian chicken products, which Brasília is trying to get lifted.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • DemonTree

    Lol. Checks uncovered a food hygiene scandal, so obviously the solution is to stop checking.

    “Why can’t Brazil do self-monitoring when Europe and the United States use it?” Dias asked.

    It's called corruption, Ms Dias.

    Jan 19th, 2019 - 11:56 am +1
  • :o))

    @DemonTree

    Isn't that very “healthy” decision?

    After enjoying the tremendous sales of the Rotten Meat for generations; only now they can sell [OFFICIALLY], meat which is free from all bureaucracy!

    That'd support+encourage them to mix all kinds of putrid waste from all kinds of animals - including the sick &/or dead ones - OFFICIALLY - without any restrictions!

    No wonder the meat [supposed to be fresh & processed] tastes S0000 delicious to the meat-addicted Brazilians!
    https://sto-blog.s3.amazonaws.com/images/2016/06/09/charge-3.jpg

    Jan 19th, 2019 - 03:36 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!