Sun. Apr 5th, 2020

Russia raises the embargo on beef and pork from Brazil, announces Temer

Russia raises the embargo on beef and pork from Brazil, announces Temer



The Russian government lifted the embargo on imports of beef and pork from Brazil, in force since December last year, announced the president of the South American country, Michel Temer.

"Russia reopened the beef and pork market for Brazil, and I thank President (Vladimir) Putin, with whom I spoke a few days ago about this matter, for the commercial collaboration with our country," Temer wrote on social networks.

The Russian authorities temporarily vetoed the purchase of Brazilian beef and pork since December 2017 after detecting the presence in some lots with ractopamine, a drug used as an additive to promote the growth of muscle mass of the animal.

Brazil is one of the largest producers and exporters of meat worldwide.

In 2017, Russia was the fifth largest market for exports of fresh Brazilian beef behind Hong Kong, China, Iran and Egypt, according to data from the Brazilian Association of Meat Exporting Industries.

Brazil's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi, who is on an official tour of China and the United Arab Emirates, also confirmed the end of the embargo.

"It is difficult to open markets, it is easy to lose them and much more difficult to recover them," he said in a video posted on social networks.

In the last two years, several Brazilian meat companies, such as JBS or BRF, have been subject to anti-corruption operations, which uncovered a mafia of producers that bribed health prosecutors to sell meats in poor condition or adulterated both in national territory and abroad .

This scandal led to a score of importers, including important markets such as China, Hong Kong and the European Union (EU), to impose temporary restrictions on Brazilian meats, which have already been lifted.

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