The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) said South Africa should not lower its standards below that of the international market.
“Lowering our standards to below international norms, having different standards for the US compared to all other importers and local producers as well as putting our human and animal health at risk in the process, is simply a price not worth paying,” Sapa CEO, Kevin Lovell, said.
This followed after outstanding discussions on the salmonella testing protocol of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which is used by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The dispute revolves around the South African poultry industry running various tests on breeding stocks, feed ingredients, farms, abattoirs and the final product. According to discussions, tests on the importation of US goods would be limited to the final product.
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