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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.¡

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