August 6, 2012


Australian exporters confused by Egypt's delay in cattle slaughter



The Australian Livestock Exporters Council says it does not understand why officials of Egypt have halted the slaughter of 16,000 heads of Australian cattle.


The cattle, believed to have been exported from Western Australia, are being held at a feedlot in Egypt because authorities reportedly have found hormone implants in the ears of the animals.


But ALEC chief executive Alison Penfold says cattle treated with hormone growth promotants are usually accepted by Egypt.


"The cattle that are currently in the feedlot were prepared and certified in accordance with the health conditions agreed between the Australian and Egyptian governments," he said.


"Those health conditions do not preclude the use of HGPs; that's the basis on which we operate in all markets, there are agreed health conditions and without we're unable to export."