European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis has given a detailed response to questions from members of the European Parliament. These were put to the commissioner during his appearance before the committee on 3 April. He dealt with the issues raised by MEPs in a letter to the chair of the agriculture committee, Czeslaw Adam Siekiersk.

On the extent of EU approval for imports from Brazil, he confirmed that 89 beef factories from nine of Brazil’s 26 states were approved and 73 poultry factories from eight states were approved. Between them they supplied almost 576,000t of various types of meat to the EU, including horsemeat. Brazil isn’t approved to export pork to the EU because of concerns raised in audits about the use of ractopamine which is banned in the EU.