The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture announced on April 25, 2018 that it intends to open a panel at the World Trade Organization against the European Union. The measure comes after the European Union withdraws 20 Brazilian units that sell poultry meat from the list of exporters to the Block, claiming "deficiencies detected in the Brazilian official control system" and, according to Minister Blairo Maggi, arguing on a health issue.
In Brasília, the Ministries of Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Foreign Trade and Services met to arrive at a unified strategy and Blairo Maggi said that it is not really a health issue. This is due to the fact that if there is a payment of 1,024 euros per ton and shipping everything as fresh meat, the product enters the European Union without any health problems. That is the argument that will be brought before the WTO.