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No Chlorine Used in Poultry Processing, Says Brazilian Industry

04 November 2013

BRAZIL - In advance of inspections by the Russian authorities, the Brazilian poultry industry body has reiterated that chlorine is not used in poultry processing plants.

The Brazilian Poultry Association, UBABEF, has issued a statement reiterating that chlorine is not used as a carcass decontaminate in processing, following negative press reports in Russia and ahead of a visit by the Russian sanitary authority, Rosselkhoznadzor.

The US National Chicken Council (NCC) reports that the statement comes after a representative of the Rosselkhoznadzor was quoted in the Russian press as saying that an embargo would be placed on Brazilian chicken meat exports should the delegation find levels of chlorine in slaughter-house water above permitted levels

UBABEF President, Francisco Turra, has rejected any suggestion that Brazilian poultry meat exporters are not up to standard, and has reminded Russia that, being a member of the World Trade Organization, its decisions must comply with international trade rules.

According to Mr Turra, contrary to what was reported, Brazil does not use chlorine as a carcass decontaminate in slaughterhouses, and the level of chlorine permitted in drinking water is in line with the standards established by the World Health Organization and the Brazilian Health Ministry.

He added that the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry had already sent a letter to the Russian authorities explaining this.

Brazilian poultry exports to Russia have experienced a number of problems over recent years and fell back dramatically in 2011, according to NCC. There has since been a very small recovery in the volume of poultry meat shipped.

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