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IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the latest report from DG Sante proves that Brazil is still failing to meet EU standards on beef.

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IFA President Joe Healy said any EU deal on beef with Brazil in the Mercosur negotiations is toxic. He called on the EU Trade Commissioner Celia Maelstrom to come clean and reject the environmental destruction, failures on food safety and animal welfare, and slave labour associated with Brazilian beef.

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IFA President Joe Healy said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s first visit to France today to meet President Emmanuel Macron is an opportunity to discuss the Mercosur negotiations and strongly support the tough stance taken by President Macron.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the latest EU FVO (Food and Veterinary Office) report covering the Weak Flesh meat scandal and corruption in Brazil confirms that the Brazilian authorities seriously misled the EU Commission, and cannot guarantee European consumers that meat products exported to the EU have been produced in accordance with EU requirements.

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IFA President Joe Healy and National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods met with the EU Chief negotiator for Mercosur and senior officials in Commissioner Malmstrom’s Cabinet in Brussels last week to outline Ireland’s strong opposition to any offer on beef which would increase access in the EU/Mercosur trade negotiations.

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