Government’s approval of Brazilian bondiola causes backlash from local pork industry

Government’s approval of Brazilian bondiola causes backlash from local pork industry

The president of the Chamber of Pork Producers of Buenos Aires, José Dodds, expressed concern over the differential treatment given to imported pork by the national government. The government’s decision to allow the importation of pork under different conditions has sparked anger within the sector. Dodds emphasized that they are not worried about competition, but rather about the unequal conditions that will affect local producers.

The measures announced by the government, which include reducing payment terms for food imports and eliminating profit receipts and VAT on imports, were made without consulting the Ministry of Agriculture. The Argentine Porcine Federation and the Chamber of Producers of Porcine Producers issued a joint statement calling the measures discriminatory and highlighting the unequal playing field that local producers will face.

Dodds pointed out the issue of Brazilian pork being imported at dumping prices and with the use of ractopamine, a growth-promoting additive that is not regulated in Argentina. The importation of meat with ractopamine goes against local regulations and poses a threat to the profitability of Argentine producers. Dodds emphasized the need for the government to review its decision to avoid unnecessary damage to local producers and industries.

In addition, Dodds raised concerns about the discrepancy between the prices of live pork and pork products purchased by Argentine consumers. Despite falling live pork prices, the prices of pork products have not decreased proportionally, leading to disparities in the commercial chain. Dodds called for a fair playing field and equal conditions for all producers to avoid unfair competition and unnecessary damage to the local industry.

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