Beef ban

USDA Suspends Imports of All Fresh Beef from Brazil

By Food Safety Tech Staff
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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue voiced serious product safety concerns.

Yesterday Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announced that the USDA would be halting all imports of fresh beef from Brazil. The USDA has been inspecting all of the meat products entering the United States from Brazil since March, and has refused entry to 11% of fresh beef products. According to an agency press release, this figure is “substantially higher than the rejection rate of 1% of shipments from the rest of the world”. The increased inspection has resulted in refusal of entry to about 1.9 million pounds of Brazilian beef products over concerns related to public health, sanitary conditions and animal health.

“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.” – Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

The USDA is suspending shipments until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action that the agency finds adequate.

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  1. Rogerio Parra

    The local official excuse of brazilian government was “the aftosa vaccine has been applied in a irregular area of the animals, so the body of the animal could express some rejection to the vaccine and this has been confused to real deceases.” Our agriculture minister is the greatest soya beans producer of the world. Meat is not his major knowledgement.

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