EU RECALLS BRAZILIAN POULTRY
Bacterial contamination in Brazilian poultry products has resulted in the most recalls of chicken and poultry products across Europe over the last 15 years.
Business consultants Stericycle Expert Solutions have revealed that bacterial contamination was responsible for over 90% of all food alerts in Q2 of 2017.
In its ‘Recall and Notification Index’, Stericycle reports that 184 products from Brazil that were recalled during the period represented almost 69% of the total number of EU food recalls. The 184 from Brazil were followed by 68 from India, 60 from Turkey and 51 from China.
The EU Commission has considered banning imports from Brazil. The EU’S Health and Food Security Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, wrote earlier this year to Brazilian Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi complaining that the country had done nothing to regain the trust of international partners.
Brazil has been embroiled in a food safety scandal after authorities raided 6 meat processing plants in March that were suspected of selling rotten meat. Three abattoirs were closed, 21 plants placed under government inspection, and several government officials were suspended on the grounds of possible corruption.¡