BRAZIL - Iraq and South Africa have reopened their markets to Brazilian beef.
Iraq had banned beef and beef by-products from Brazil because of an atypical case of BSE occurred in Mato Grosso, in 2014.
Following the confirmation by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that Brazilian beef products were safe and the country has a risk status of "insignificant", bilateral negotiations were started following the lifting of the ban.
In 2012, Brazil exported more than 5,600 tonnes of beef to Iraq, recording a turnover of over $ 24 million.
South Africa also reopened its market to Brazilian exports of boneless beef at teh end of February.
South Africa had banned these products because of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease and also because of the atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
Brazil had beef exports of more than 11,000 tonnes to South Africa worth $16 million in sales.
The opening of the South African and Iraq markets follow the opening of the Iran and Egyptian markets
"There were two major announcements that are in addition to significant achievements for the export sector of Brazilian beef, which since last year accumulates news positive regarding the reopening and expanding markets, such as Iran and Egypt. A recognition joint work of Brazilian Beef, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), which do not skimp efforts to defend the interests the country and the industry, "said
Antonio Jorge Camardelli, president of the Brazilian Beef -.Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters said that that in 2015, the sector still hopes to end the embargoes imposed by China, Saudi Arabia and Japan, as well as the United States.
"This allows us to maintain an optimistic forecast for this year," said Mr Camardelli.
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