During a meeting yesterday the Commission and Member States considered the information available relating to the issue of food fraud in Brazil and they agreed that the hygiene conditions of consignments of beef and poultry meat exported from Brazil require particular attention.
Under these special circumstances it was agreed that reinforced checks consisting of 100% physical checks and 20% microbiological checks should be performed at European Union Border Inspection Posts targeting consignments of meat and meat products, intended for human consumption, imported from Brazil, with laboratory testing against the microbiological criteria as set out in Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005. It should be noted that importers will be liable for the costs of these reinforced checks.
Pending the sampling results, consignments will be placed under official detention. In the case of non-compliance, the consignments will be either re-dispatched to Brazil, or destroyed where the controls indicate that the products are injurious to human health.