S.Africa requests EU to de-list meat exports
The EU is to decide by December whether to de-list
South African exporters for meat and meat products.
The move follows a request by the South African Agriculture Department
yesterday to remove pork, poultry, honey, lamb and milk from the list of exports
to the EU. Tsoto Sehoole, spokeswoman for the Agriculture Department stated that
the request was made as the products had not been exported for over a year and
South Africa did not want them to undergo EU monitoring tests.
Speculation has risen as to whether the
move was prompted by EU safety concerns. Last week, the European Commission's
health spokesman, Philip Tod, did confirm that the EU had recommended delisting
of these South African commodities following a visit by EU officials to the
country in June.
During their visit, inspection of measures to control contaminants and
residues in live animals and animal products was carried out.
Their report revealed that South Africa was selling some veterinary products
over the counter that are banned in Europe. Concerns were also expressed over
South Africa's failure to carry out adequate testing and controls on animal
The lucrative ostrich meat exports from South Africa to the EU will not be
affected by this latest move.
â€¢ European Commission
â€¢ Department of Agriculture -
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