Brazil is taking all safety measures

Updated 22 March 2017
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Brazil is taking all safety measures

I am writing this letter to clarify certain points concerning the report about Brazil, titled “Brazil president seeks to calm fears over meat sales, exports,” published in Arab News on March 21.
As stated in the above-mentioned report, Brazilian President Michel Temer convened a ministerial meeting on March 19 in order to assess the safety for both national and international consumers with regard to the quality of the beef and chicken meat produced in the country. The government of Brazil has decided to speed up the audit process in the 21 establishments cited in the Federal Police investigation and their activities have been suspended. All the 21 establishments will be placed under special inspection regime conducted by a specific task force of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA).
The Government of Brazil highlights that among 11,000 employees of MAPA, only 33 are being investigated by the Federal Police for misconduct in the issuance of certificates.
Out of 4,837 establishments subject to the Federal Inspection System (SlF), only 21 are allegedly involved in irregularities and out of these 21, only 4 establishments have exported in the last years.
The objective of the investigation conducted by the Federal Police is not on the agriculture and livestock defense system in place in Brazil, whose rigor is widely recognized, but a few deviations of conduct by Federal Veterinary Inspectors.
Foreign governments should be assured that all exporting plants remain open to inspections by importing countries and to the monitoring of activities under the national control system, one of the most respected in the world.
The Government of Brazil reiterates that MAPA will fully cooperate with the current investigations in order to determine eventual misconduct by Federal Veterinary Inspectors within the agriculture and livestock defense system.
The Government of Brazil manifests its confidence in the quality of the national poultry and beef products, which has been approved by consumers in highly demanding markets around the world with very advanced inspection and defense systems. MAPA has a strict inspection service for products of animal origin.
The standard of excellence of Brazilian poultry and beef has opened the doors of such Brazilian products to over 150 countries, with permanent auditing, monitoring and risk assessment. In addition to the national controls, products are also subject to local inspection on reaching their destinations.
In 2016 alone, 853,000 consignments of products of animal origin from Brazil were sent to foreign markets and only 184 were considered out of compliance by importers often because of non-sanitary issues, such as labeling, documentation or incomplete certificates.
I hope the actions which were taken by the Brazilian government and these official clarifications would help give a clear picture on the situation to the consumers of Brazilian meat and poultry in all importing countries, including Saudi Arabia, which is the third largest importer of Brazilian poultry in the world.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the editor in chief, his team and Arab News for bringing correct information and convey my sincere appreciation on the efforts Arab News is making in bringing correct information to its readers as well as the positive and creative roles Arab News is playing in the bilateral and multilateral arena.


Spies deserve ‘harsh punishment’

Updated 17 April 2017
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Spies deserve ‘harsh punishment’

This refers to the story “Pakistan’s army sentences alleged Indian spy to death” (April 11, 2017). Since the announcement of the death penalty for Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian intelligence agent who was involved in various terrorist activities in Pakistan, the Indian media are making false allegations against Islamabad.
We are citizens of a sovereign country. No one can dictate to us how to ensure the security of our people. Jadhav’s confession regarding his activities in Pakistan is available on YouTube. That should be enough for the Indian authorities.
A spy that conducts and masterminds terrorist activities that result in the death of many people has to face harsh punishment.
I firmly believe that if the death penalty is waived in Jadhav’s case, the consequences will be worse and terrorist acts will escalate in our country.
This must come to an end.
As Sartaj Aziz, adviser on foreign affairs to the prime minister, pointed out in his recent statement, Jadhav was tried according to the law of the land, in a fully transparent manner, while granting him his rights, as per the constitution of Pakistan.
Due process has been followed in the proceedings against him.
Jadhav, a serving commander in the Indian Navy, was apprehended on March 3, 2016, having crossed into Pakistan from the Saravan border with Iran.
He was found in possession of an Indian passport issued by the government of India on May 12, 2015, and valid until May 11, 2024.
He confessed that he is a resident of Mumbai, India, still serving in the Indian Navy and that his retirement is due in 2022.
New Delhi should not underestimate the fact that the entire Pakistani population is behind the Pakistan Army.
We, Pakistanis, have been victims of massive terrorist acts for decades.
I am sure that our government and armed forces understand that there shall be no compromise where Jadhav is concerned. — Farheen Ayub, Taif