20 Oct 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 20 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Statement by Commissioners Andriukaitis, Malmström and Hogan
The Canadian Government has decided to re-open its market to the European producers of 19 Member States of beef and meat from other ruminants. The Canadian market has been closed to all EU beef since 1996, when Canada introduced import restrictions on meat from ruminants on the basis of BSE concerns. On the occasion of the re-opening of Canada’s market, EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Andriukaitis, Trade Commissioner Malmström and Agriculture Commissioner Hogan stated: “We welcome the decision by the Canadian Government to re-open Canada’s market for imports of European beef from 19 EU Member States. It will provide a welcome boost to Europe’s beef producers and exporters, particularly as it comes at a time when farmers across the EU are going through a particularly difficult period.” The full statement is available online.
Commission welcomes US move to recognise EU system to control animal diseases
The Commission welcomes the recent move by the US to recognise the EU regionalisation system put in place to contain the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), a disease affecting pigs and wild boar. This recognition will help to avoid trade disruptions in the event of an outbreak of the disease. Trade in pork products between the EU and the US was valued at approximately €335 million, in 2014 alone. Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner in charge of Health and Food Safety said: “This significant move reflects the confidence of the United States, one of our major trading partners, in our robust system to control animal diseases. It comes at a time when pig farmers across the EU face particular difficulties. It is of crucial importance that unjustified restrictions on imports of European pork are lifted”. A full press release is available online.
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