MONTEVIDEO – There are no threats to Uruguay’s food safety, Ranching, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Enzo Benech said on Monday.
“Currently, there are no health and safety risks,” Benech said. “All threats are being properly managed and the best evidence is that we now have 120 markets open to our products.”
“It is highly irresponsible and dangerous to speculate about this when ours is a country that sells food to the world,” the minister said.
Speaking after a Cabinet meeting, Benech responded to media reports suggesting that the regulatory apparatus to ensure livestock are free of disease might become less effective.
Benech noted that agriculture accounted for 80 percent of exports, adding that sales continue because of “the confidence” that buyers have in the Uruguayan system’s quality.
“We will never shirk our responsibility and our sanitary requirements. We are an example to the world for the traceability in our cattle production, and for the plans implemented for the use and management of soils,” Benech said.
Benech also pointed out that Uruguay had already entered, or was about to enter, several major markets, such as China, the United States, Japan and Mexico.