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EU eases testing on Brazilian poultry

by 5m Editor
29 January 2004, at 12:00am

EU - The EU has reduced the 100% testing requirement for imports of poultry meat from Brazil to 20%.

EU eases testing on Brazilian poultry - EU - The EU has reduced the 100% testing requirement for imports of poultry meat from Brazil to 20%. Since October 2002, all consignments of poultry meat and poultry meat products from Brazil to the EU had to be tested for the presence of residues of nitrofurane, since this substance had been detected in imported products from this country (see IP/02/1351).

Yesterday, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health agreed on a European Commission proposal to reduce the frequency of the checks in the Member States to 20% of the consignments.

The proposal will now be adopted by the Commission and enter into force in the coming weeks. The testing was reduced because the action plan, put in place by the Brazilian authorities to address the deficiencies, has been implemented and enforced efficiently according to a mission report of the Food and Veterinary Office.

Furthermore, the results of the checks carried out by Member States have shown a major improvement in the situation : no notification of nitrofuran in poultry meat or poultry meat products has been reported since August 2003.

Source: European Commission - 29th January 2004

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