The government decided to close meat exports for 30 days, in an attempt to contain rising food prices and control inflation. Not all cuts may be included in the resolution, according to reports, which has not yet been published. Exceptions will be allowed for foreign exports already in progress. The government said the measure sought to "order the functioning of the sector, restrict speculative practices, improve the traceability of exports and prevent tax evasion in foreign trade". The announcement was made at a time when meat consumption in Argentina reached a historic low in 100 years: 45.2 kilograms per capita per year. In a radio interview, the president stated that "the meat issue has got out of hand. The prices rise month by month without justification. We need to get it under control," and added that it was necessary to "impose order on those who export." The Liaison Committee of Agricultural Entities called for a halt to the commercialisation of cattle, in rejection of the measure. In a statement, the commission, which is made up of the Sociedad Rural Argentina (SRA), Coninagro, Confederaciones Rurales Argentinas (CRA) and the Federación Agraria (FAA), announced that the stoppage will take place from 20 to 28 May. The entities jointly expressed their rejection of the measure "which will undoubtedly harm the whole of Argentina". On the other hand, meat processing companies stated that they did not foresee a drop in prices in the medium term and stressed that 70% of the cuts exported were not destined for domestic consumption. Opposition leaders criticised the measure, saying it repeated "mistakes of the past". They also argued that it will not achieve the desired effect and that, on the contrary, it will only generate layoffs and loss of foreign currency.