European farmers have secured an official EU review of the quality of Brazilian beef imports following a complaint to the European Ombudsman.

EU farmer body Fairness for Farmers accused Brussels of maladministration when it failed to act on evidence that imports could pose a risk to human health. The Farmers' Union of Wales wants a total ban. "Other countries such as Australia and the US have long recognised the risk that Brazilian imports pose and have taken action," said vice president Eifion Huws.

The powers of the ombudsman are limited to making recommendations to the Commission.