The European livestock sector urges the Member States to reject Mercosur deal
Five important interprofessional associations from the European livestock sector are urging members of the European Parliament and the Member States to reject the Mercosur deal as the agreement seems to favor the South American companies.
"This agreement, which will facilitate access to the European market for nearly 100 000 tonnes of additional South American beef, represents an economic danger for the entire European cattle industry as well as for the health of European consumers" says a joint statement of Assocarni (Italy), Assoprovac (Spain), Irish Farmers' Association (Ireland), Interbev (France) and PZPBM (Poland).
Cattle breeders in the EU have expressed their concerns about the quality of the meat and low regard for environmental issues from their South American competitors. "Nearly 100,000 tonnes of South American beef produced with banned substances in Europe and under conditions of little or no environmentally regulated farming, including largely responsible for deforestation, will soon be available to consumers European.
Not to mention that most of these meats are produced in Brazil, whose particularly below-average traceability and sanitary control system is known around the world ... as evidenced by the recent cases of fraud and contaminated meat to Europe," said the joint statement.
All these issues and the difficult context gave the cumulative effect of trade agreements and uncertainties related to Brexit may impact the livestock sector in Europe and the industry calls on the European Parliament and the Member States to reject the agreement.
"Our agriculture, our environmental and societal values are the opposite of those of these Mercosur partners. The health of our consumers is directly concerned. On the economic front, our farmers will not be able to face this new challenge," says the press release.