Propollo and UPA react to Mercosur deal
The EU poultry sector may be hit hard by the Mercosur deal and many of the 300,000 jobs can be put in danger after the agreement becomes effective, according to a joint statement from the Spanish Union of Small Farmers and Cattle Ranchers (UPA) and the general secretary of Propollo, Angel Martín.
Both associations are showing discontent with the free trade agreement signed by the EU and Mercosur countries at the end of June and fear that the impact in the European poultry market is going to be significant. According to UPA "it should be remembered that Brazil was already introducing some 500,000 annual tonnes of poultry meat into the Union" and an additional 180,000 tonnes quota of meat is going to hit the local industries.
Brazil will be, most probably, the main supplier for this quota, as the country is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of poultry. "Only in April of this year, this country exported 338.9 thousand tons of chicken meat (34.9% more than in the same month of 2018). For the EU, for its part, poultry meat means today more than 300,000 jobs. Many of them are in danger after the agreement becomes effective", warned Propollo and UPA.
Two years ago, Brazil was confronted with one of the biggest scandals regarding food safety and traceability of beef and poultry and the echo of it still persists in the memory of the European poultry producers.
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