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· Mercosur sees more than 70 percent chance of EU trade deal: official
· Irish farmers attack ‘toxic’ EU beef deal with Brazil – again
· US: Brazil Fresh Beef Ban Remains in Place, Despite SA Reports
Mercosur sees more than 70 percent chance of EU trade deal: official
Anthony Boadle, Reuters
December 5, 2017
BRASILIA (Reuters) - South America’s Mercosur trade bloc is confident a framework agreement with the European Union will be announced next week despite resistance from farmers in Europe to permit tariff-free beef imports, a Mercosur official said on Tuesday.
“There is more than a 70 percent chance of reaching a deal,” said the official close to the negotiations that have dragged on for almost two decades. He asked not to be named due to the sensitive stage the negotiations are at.
The EU-Mercosur accord would be announced on the sidelines of next week’s World Trade Organization meeting of ministers in Buenos Aires and could be signed in mid-2018 once all the legal technicalities have been checked, he said.
Negotiators exchanged improved offers in Brussels on Tuesday, though they did not include new offers by the EU for access for South American beef and ethanol, the biggest hurdles to an agreement.
Those offers will be made in Buenos Aires, most likely on Sunday before the WTO meeting gets off, the official said.
Mercosur members Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay are pushing for an improvement on the EU offer of tariff-free imports for 70,000 tonnes a year of beef and...
Irish farmers attack ‘toxic’ EU beef deal with Brazil – again
By Oscar Rousseau, GlobalMeatNews
Livestock producers are outraged yet again over the EU’s provisional decision to let four South American countries export thousands of tonnes of beef to the bloc, potentially harming local business.
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), a staunch opponent of the EU’s ongoing trade negotiations with Latin American bloc Mercosur, has demanded Europe’s political elite “come clean” on the dark clouds surrounding Brazilian meat production.
EU trade commissioner Celia Maelstrom must “reject the environmental destruction, failures on food safety and animal welfare, and slave labour associated with Brazilian beef”, said IFA president Joe Healy.
His comments come after the negotiators-in-chief for the EU and Mercosur met in Brussels, the de facto capital of the EU, for informal talks at the start of December.
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Brazil Fresh Beef Ban Remains in Place, Despite SA Reports
Radio 570 WNAX (SD)
Dec 5, 2017
Despite recent comments by Minerva South America’s meat executive that they intend to export fresh beef to the U.S. the first quarter of 2018, a USDA official says the ban on Brazilian product remains in place. R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard is pleased the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is holding the line on the Brazilian beef ban, especially since there are significant food safety problems remaining in Brazil.
He says it will take Brazil a long time to prove their meat is safe and that they can meet U.S. meat federal inspection standards.
Bullard says if FSIS backtracks on the beef ban and tainted beef gets into the U.S, consumers who have a bad experience may stop eating meat...
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