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NCBA Calls for Suspension of Beef Imports from Brazil

11/21/2021

The National Cattleman’s Beef Association has petitioned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to place a ban on fresh beef from Brazil.  The NCBA claims that Brazil has failed to meet the same consumer and food safety standards that pertain the U.S. and that are also applied to other nations exporting to the U.S.

 

Ethan Lane, Vice-president for Government Affairs at the NCBA stated, “It’s time to keep Brazilian fresh beef out of this country until USDA can confirm that Brazil meets the same standards that we apply to all our trade partners.”


Sen Jon Tester (R-MT) promoting legislation on beef imports from Brazil

The NCBA points to the delay in Brazil reporting an atypical case of BSE as a justification.  Without resulting to schadenfreude it must be remembered that spontaneous atypical cases of BSE can occur in any cattle population, as has occurred in both the U.S. and Canada.  Failure to report a diagnoses is however unacceptable among trading partners and contrary to regulation of the World Organization of Animal Health.

 

If in any way standards of operation and inspection are proven to be less rigid than in the U.S. a ban is justified. Brazil was subject to a suspension of exports from 2017 through 2020 due to shipping carcasses with abscesses to the U.S., denoting deficiencies in inspection. The beef industry of that nation was the subject of international rejection following disclosures of bribery of inspectors and falsification of export documentation in 2017. 


 
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