European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan insisted there would be no deal with Mercosur unless negotiators are fully satisfied strong standards will apply to all produce. It comes as another round of the negotiations on Mercosur got under way in Brussels this week.
There will be no deal on Mercosur unless we are satisfied there will be good standards and that we will have a good sanitary and phytosanitary agreement, said Hogan, adding they needed to see movement on many of the demands made in recent negotiations with the South American bloc.
There is no evidence that Brazil are serious about doing a deal at the moment because they are in election mode. So the ball is in their court.
He pointed out anyone who does a deal on a free-trade agreement with the European Union has to observe EU standards as negotiations continued in Brussels this week.
It comes as the European Commission confirmed that Member States had voted in favor of delisting 20 Brazilian meat and poultry plants from the list of suppliers.
Mr Hogan said the delisting of the 20 establishments clearly shows the controls and traceability systems that the EU has in place are working.
The IFA's Angus Woods said the decision to delist the 20 plants backed up calls to reject any increase in meat imports from Brazil under Mercosur. He said the Commission is going too easy on Brazil.
The only thing we have seen from Commissioner Malmström in these negotiations is giveaway after giveaway of the European meat sector, with little or nothing in return. The commissioner has already capitulated to the Brazilians in these negotiations, moving from an offer of 45,000t to 70,000t and now the Brazilians are looking for way more, said Mr Woods.