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Texas Cattle Raisers support USDA ban on fresh Brazilian beef

In response to an announcement by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that USDA is banning the importation of fresh Brazilian beef, Richard Thorpe, president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), issued the following statement:

“The United States is home to the safest beef supply on the planet due to the care and dedication of our beef producers and USDA’s commitment to a rigorous scientific testing procedure for imported beef. I applaud Secretary Perdue and his staff for their swift implementation of a ban on fresh Brazilian beef. The ban will protect American consumers and ensure we maintain the world’s safest beef supply.” Read more…

Perdue: USDA Halting Import of Fresh Brazilian Beef

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday, June 23 the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.

Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been inspecting 100 percent of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil. FSIS has refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products. That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world. Since implementation of the increased inspection, FSIS has refused entry to 106 lots (approximately 1.9 million pounds) of Brazilian beef products due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues. It is important to note that none of the rejected lots made it into the U.S. market.

The Brazilian government had pledged to address those concerns, including by self-suspending five facilities from shipping beef to the United States. Today’s action to suspend all fresh beef shipments from Brazil supersedes the self-suspension.

“Ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply is one of our critical missions, and it’s one we undertake with great seriousness,” said Perdue. “Although international trade is an important part of what we do at USDA, and Brazil has long been one of our partners, my first priority is to protect American consumers. That’s what we’ve done by halting the import of Brazilian fresh beef. I commend the work of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for painstakingly safeguarding the food we serve our families.” Read more…

Conaway on U.S. Halt of Brazilian Beef: Appropriate and Necessary

Following Perdue’s announcement, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, Texas-Dist. 11, said, “U.S. consumers enjoy the safest food supply in the world and, like Sec. Perdue, I am committed to keeping it that way. Halting imports of fresh beef from Brazil is an appropriate and necessary measure as Brazilian officials work to assess and correct the situation, and gives U.S. officials time to develop a better understanding of the magnitude of the problem and acceptable solutions. I am thankful for the secretary’s swift response and for the continued work of the folks at USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service to protect the food we eat.” Read more…

NCBA Supports Ban on Fresh Brazilian Beef

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Craig Uden issued the following statement regarding the announcement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is placing a ban on the import of fresh beef from Brazil:

“NCBA supports the action taken by Secretary Perdue to suspend fresh beef imports from Brazil. This action is the result of USDA’s strong, science-based testing protocol of imported beef and this proves that our food safety system works effectively. NCBA supports USDA’s commitment to science-based trade and its commitment to keeping our food supply as safe as possible.” Read more…

Jun 23, 2017 General Discussion, Issues & Policy