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US Brazil Beef Trade to Open Up

19 December 2013

US/BRAZIL - Beef trade between the US and Brazil could open up, as soon as the two countries agree equivalence of their health and food safety regimes.

The two countries have agreed a way forward to change the rules that at present restrict beef trade between the two countries.

In a joint statement this week Michael T. Scuse, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services of the US Department of Agriculture and the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry said: “The United States and Brazil are two of the world's largest agricultural producers and exporters. Over the last 20 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA) have collaborated on many agriculture issues and currently have some 100 agricultural cooperative activities.

“As global leaders in the use of innovative agricultural production technologies, both countries share a keen interest in exploring further agricultural cooperation.
“Both Brazil and the United States maintain a strong commitment to science-based rulemaking. USDA and MAPA recently agreed to a path forward to amend rules that currently limit bilateral beef trade.

“Bilateral trade of all beef and beef products could occur once each exporting country meets the importing country's equivalence and technical requirements for animal health and food safety.”


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