Paraguay beef exports are banned
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CTA. 2003. Paraguay beef exports are banned. Agritrade, March 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The European Commission announced a ban on all imports of bovine fresh meat...
The European Commission announced a ban on all imports of bovine fresh meat from Paraguay on February 20th 2003 as a result of problems in controlling foot-and-mouth disease. The measure was taken following a visit from the EU's Food and Veterinary Office, which expressed serious concerns about the controls in place between FMD-affected areas and non-FMD-affected areas. The Commission felt it was essential to send a strong message to all third-country meat suppliers of the importance of fully complying with strict EU standards with regard to animal disease control. The decision to ban imports will be reviewed when the Paraguay authorities can guarantee that the deficiencies in the control system identified have been fully addressed and following a further inspection by the FVO to verify this. Comment: The experience of Paraguay should be a warning to all ACP beef suppliers that the EU is tightening up on the enforcement of existing rules and regulations on animal-disease controls in countries supplying the EU market. ACP beef exporters will need to stay alert to this development.