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Wednesday 16th January 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Editorial: Brazilian Beef Breaks Records Amid Setbacks

Despite lower prices and a BSE scare, Brazilian beef export income has reached record levels as part of a ground breaking year for agribusiness exports as a whole, according to data from the country's meat export agency ABIEC and the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Supply.

Brazilian agribusiness exports increased one per cent on 2011 figures, amounting to US$95.81 billion in 2012. This was mirrored by record beef exports for the year which reached US$ 5.7 billion, ABIEC has confirmed.

This included a January to November increase of 12.25 per cent on the previous year.

ABIEC believe that export figures would have been higher still if a 5.3 per cent decrease in currency value could have been avoided.

Government data has shown a 7.1 per cent decrease on average prices overall this year.

"The figures show the strength of Brazilian agribusiness. The country is becoming more competitive internationally, and we will keep working alongside the farmers to seek new markets," said the Minister of Agriculture, Mendes Ribeiro Filho.

This news followed an unfounded Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) scare that resulted in several countries imposing import restriction on Brazilian beef in December.

The BSE scare started after the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency revealed that prion proteins had been found in the cells of a cow that had died in the state of Parana in 2010.

Prion proteins, thought to be responsible for the development of the BSE, were not linked to the animal's death which was linked to old age and natural causes.

After the Ministry of Agriculture reported that Japan, China, South Africa, Chile, Saudi Arabia and Jordan placed varying restrictions on Brazilian beef products the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) was called on to verify the safety of Brazil's livestock.

Following investigation, OIE boss Bernard Vallat instructed countries to lift any embargos that had been placed in response to the prion protein scare. The effect of import bans on Brazil's beef is not expected to be too detrimental on the Brazilian economy.

ABIEC has predicted that remaining bans will soon be lifted and that the most important nations to Brazilian beef are Russia, Hong Kong, European Union, Egypt and Venezuela.

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