Brazilian beef has come under attack from the National Beef Association - but for production standards rather than the impact on British beef prices.
According to the NBA, farm assurance requirements applying to Brazilian imports fall well short of UK standards in terms of welfare and environmental protection.
The NBA claimed Brazilian producers were being approved under Eurep-Gap standards with a compliance rate of 72%, in contrast with compulsory 100% compliance in the UK.
Chief executive Robert Forster said: “UK supermarkets
importing Brazilian beef have said they require suppliers to add extra requirements beyond those covered by Eurep-Gap, but have still to reveal what these are.
“Until they do, it is impossible for them to claim Brazilian beef has assurance parity with home-produced beef and they should make sure consumers are aware of this.”