January 30, 2004
EU Relaxes Ban On Brazilian Chicken
The European Union announced that it was relaxing restrictions on poultry from Brazil introduced in 2002 after traces of a banned antibiotic were found in imports.
Testing for the antibiotic nitrofuran will be carried out on 20% of consignments of Brazilian poultry instead as the current requirement for tests on all imports.
The relaxation was agreed because of improvements in Brazilian monitoring methods. The E.U. said no traces of nitrofuran had been found since August.
The chemical is used by farmers to make animals grow faster and keep them infection-free. But scientists say it can leave meat with cancer-causing residues. Nitrofuran was banned in the E.U. in 1994.