BRAZIL - The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), through the departments of International Relations (SRI) and Defence of Agriculture (SDA), has put forward plans to expand access to international markets for beef.
The ministry regularly sends out proposals for the International Health Certificates (CSI) for meat exports from Brazil to various countries.
Since 2011, negotiations with international partners have resulted in the opening of new export markets for Brazilian meat.
United States, Japan and China have started to import pork.
The Mexican market has opened up for poultry meat and Pakistan and Malaysia are starting to import beef.
In 2013, the quantity of Brazilian meat exports was significant, both in volume and in value.
The beef exports reached a record high last year, reaching the figure of $6.67 billion. The chicken has reached an amount of $7.46 billion, and swine, $1.35 billion.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Neri Geller, this result shows the confidence of importers in the quality of Brazilian products.
"The quality assurance of Brazilian beef sees the product go through a rigorous inspection process conducted by the official health services,” said Mr Geller.
“The monitoring is done by the Federal Inspection Service (SIF), discarding any products that are deemed unfit for consumption.”
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