Mercosur beef quotas are reckless, says UFU

Thursday, 9 November, 2017

The UFU says any inclusion of beef quotas within the Mercosur trade negotiations will be a reckless decision. The comments were made after a Mercosur trade event hosted by Jim Nicholson MEP in the European Parliament.

UFU deputy president Victor Chesnutt says, “Farmers in Northern Ireland and across Europe remain very angry that the European Commission continues to entertain the inclusion of beef within the Mercosur trade negotiations.  These are extremely reckless actions from the Commission and are putting the entire beef industry at risk.  

“Farmers across Europe produce beef to world leading standards for traceability, animal welfare and food safety.  Time and time again it has been shown that the Mercosur states cannot match these standards and this has clearly been highlighted by the recent scandal in Brazil.  The continued failure of Brazil to address the concerns that have emerged from this scandal completely undermines any credibility there is in these negotiations and clearly highlights an unacceptable level of dual standards.

The UFU deputy president continued: “If the Commission continues to pursue the inclusion of beef in this deal there can be no doubt of the devastating impact this will have on the European beef industry.  This would have an unacceptable impact on family farms, the rural economy, the environment and rural communities.”