Brazilians hit back at Irish and British beef farmers

A BRAZILIAN beef industry leader has described Irish and British farmers who object to beef from South America “as if they were still in primary school, kicking and screaming to attract attention and achieve their objectives”.

“It now remains to be seen how long the ‘Irish child’ will take before it matures and becomes a competitor up to our standards,” said Association of Brazilian Beef Exporters executive director Otávio Hermont Cançado, in a statement issued to the media.

He defended Brazil’s foot-and-mouth disease record, and said, “On the other hand, Ireland has a very unfavourable track record, especially when it comes to mad cow disease.”

“As regards foot and mouth disease, the latest records of the disease in the United Kingdom date from 2007, when in August there was an outbreak notified in the county of Surrey and, in December 2007, this and four other outbreaks were quickly and inexplicably solved, as were multiple records of contamination of European livestock with dioxin.”

He said Irish and British beef farmers, sitting on generous subsidies that completely distort the global market, have watched time pass without being able to achieve high-quality competitive output.

He said Brazilian beef has legitimately entered more than 180 markets.

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