Brazil has amended its import regulations regarding bovine spongiform encephalopathy, paving the way for the ban on imports of breeding cattle and beef from the European Union to be lifted.
The European Commission applauded the change and encouraged Brazil to bring all of the remaining import conditions related to BSE and imports of animals and animal products in line with international standards. Since 2001, Brazil has applied an import ban on ruminants and their products originating in the EU, as Brazil considered there to be a risk of BSE. The EC expressed concerns with these measures, saying they were “overly trade restrictive” and went beyond the global standards of the World Organization for Animal Health.
Brazil’s legislation continues to require bilateral approval procedures and accreditation of establishments before exports of animals and animal products can start. The EC said these procedures remain “overly burdensome,” but it has invited interested member states to submit export applications for breeding cattle and beef regardless.