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“Brazil does not have the same traceability standards as EU producers” – this was the main conclusion of a report by the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture following a recent visit by a delegation of MEPs from the Committee to Brazil to investigate the beef and poultry industries.

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney will meet with senior officials from the European Commission in Brussels tomorrow. This meeting takes place at a time when members of the Commission’s Environment Committee are negatively targeting agriculture, by seeking to significantly reduce the positive contribution that forestry is making to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Speaking at a briefing in the European Parliament in Brussels this evening, IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said Europe needs to reassess its approach to trade negotiations for agriculture and particularly the vulnerable beef sector in the context of the dramatically changed policy environment as a result of Brexit and other significant policy decisions in the dairy sector.

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IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed today’s vote in the European Parliament adopting a report calling for more action to tackle Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain.

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