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AFFA01/265WT 26 September 2001

Brazil welcomes more Australian dairy products

Federal Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Warren Truss today announced that 14 Australian businesses have recently been approved to export dairy products to Brazil offering a major boost to Australian dairy exporters.

"Brazil is South America’s largest country and has 175 million consumers. This accreditation paves the way for an increase in exports of Australian cheese, milk, butter and other dairy products," Mr Truss said.

"AQIS export legislation meets Brazilian requirements; however, Brazilian legislation requires separate inspections by their authorities of any businesses preparing and processing products for export to their country.

Export establishments in Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and Western Australia have been approved to export products such as specialty cheeses, whey protein concentrate, butter and milk powder.

"A Brazilian quarantine official visited Australia in mid-2001 to inspect dairy establishments which led to these approvals being granted. The visit was jointly funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Australian Dairy Corporation.

"With these recent approvals, about 40 Australian establishments have now been approved to export dairy products to Brazil since 1996. Brazil in the 1990s was an important and growing market for Australian dairy products and in 1996 received $31 million in exports.

However, changes to Brazilian import arrangements, increased import costs and growing market instability saw that value of Australian exports drop to $1 million by 2000.

"Brazilian authorities are currently considering recognition of Australia’s export dairy inspection and certification system and we are working hard to achieve a positive decision in the near future. Such recognition would remove the need for separate facility inspections.

"I congratulate officers from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Australian Dairy Corporation for their work in gaining this breakthrough for Australian producers."

The 14 companies that received accreditation by Brazil are:

King Island Dairy Pty Ltd, King Island, Tasmania 7256; ● KL Ballantyne Pty Ltd, Leverton North, Victoria 3026 ● The King Island Company Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067; ● Burra Foods Pty Ltd, Korumbarra, Victoria 3950 ●

Lactos Fresh Pty Ltd, Mulgrave, Victoria 3170; ●

Australian Co-Op Foods Ltd, Allansford, Victoria 3277 ● Australian Dairy Products Pty Ltd, Allansford, Victoria 3277; ● Australian Co-Operative Foods Ltd, Simpson, Victoria 3266; ● Warrnambool Milk Products Pty Ltd, Allansford, Victoria 3277; ●

Protein Technology Victoria Pty Ltd, Allansford, Victoria 3277; ● Warrnambool Cheese & butter Factory Company Ltd, Allansford, Victoria 3277; ● The Bega Co-operative Society Ltd, North Bega, NSW 2550; ● Challenge Dairy Co-Operative Limited, Capel, WA 6271; and ●

PB Foods Limited, Brunswick Junction, WA 6224. ●

Minister's office: Yvonne Best (02) 6277 7520 or 0418 415 772

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