Meat ban confounds

August 02, 2017

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum is disappointed after China announced a ban on imported red meat from Australia.

China’s ban on imported red meat from select Australian abattoirs is disappointing according to Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum.

Mr Drum said the ban would have a major affect on Australia’s red meat industry.

‘‘The bans on the five various groups are some of our bigger exporters so that’s going to have a significant impact. We need to see whether or not this (the ban) is going to be short term or medium or long term,’’ he said.

At the time of the interview with Mr Drum, the Federal Member for Murray wasn’t sure of the reasons for China enforcing these bans.

‘‘This announcement was made late last night (late Wednesday, July 26) and we are still trying to get through the detail as to a) why? and b) were there any other circumstances that may have impacted upon these bans?’’.

When it comes to abattoirs in our region, Mr Drum said JBS was one of the companies listed.

‘‘Certainly JBS has been named as one of the five companies and JBS have got an abattoir at Cobram that is currently in recess. The future there at Cobram is very much unknown,’’ he said.

Despite the ban being a federal issue, the Victorian Government also has a part to play.

‘‘We work really co-operatively and collaboratively with the Federal Government on this,’’ Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said.

‘‘Those significant questions of trade, they predominately lead the charge on. We certainly work with them and we work with our producers to make sure people are in the best possible position to deal with whatever challenges come their way from time to time.

‘‘China is an incredibly important market and it’s one that our government is very committed to developing across all commodities.’’

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