Brazilian poultry industry rebuts French minister’s criticism

Sep, 13, 2021 Posted by Sylvia Schandert

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A statement by the French Agriculture minister grew criticism from the Brazilian meat industry. On September 11th, Julien Denormandie said that a chicken breast from Brazil would not have “the same impact on children’s health” as meat produced in France. The Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) released a statement the following day, rejecting the statement, which he considered as “unfortunate” and of a “protectionist nature”.

The association said that the declaration “disrespects” both the work of the Brazilian poultry industry and the European health agencies themselves, which inspect whether imported products comply with European health standards. ABPA also reminded that Brazil is free from aviary influenza.  The entity said that it wants “to have more respect and seriousness in Mr Denormandie’s statements, in line with the position of a minister who deals with food issues.”

The chart below shows the main destinations for Brazilian chicken per continent in the first half of 2021:

Brazilian Chicken Exports (HS 0207) by Continent | Jan to Jul 2021

Source: DataLiner (To request a DataLiner demo click here)

Source: Valor Econômico

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