July 1, 2008
EU relaxes restrictions on South American meat imports  

The EU has eased restrictions on meat imports from some regions of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.


Argentine provinces of Neuquen and Rio Negro can now export various types of meat to the EU; Brazilian states of Parana and Sao Paolo can export boneless and matured beef; while Paraguay's ranchers can export the same products.


Restrictions were eased after experts found that meat products from the aforementioned regions have met regulations aimed at preventing the spread of animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease.


The authorities of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay have made considerable efforts to improve the animal health situation in their respective countries, and in particular in regard to foot-and-mouth disease, according to an European Commission statement on Monday (June 30, 2008).

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