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AGRIBUSINESS: USDA Proposes Amendment On Brazilian Beef Imports

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The U.S. may be adding fresh Brazilian beef to the menu.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service or APHIS is proposing to amend its regulation to allow some fresh beef imports from specific Brazilian states.  The proposal allows chilled or frozen beef to be imported.

The USDA claimed with the proposal the U.S. is still protected from an introduction of foot-and-mouth disease of FMD.  The proposal comes after APHIS concluded that there is a valid Brazilian veterinary infrastructure to detect and eradicate an FMD outbreak.

FMD is a viral disease of cloven-hoofed animals and on some occasions can be transmitted to humans.

The imported Brazilian meat would still have to follow the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service regulations for food safety and labeling.

The proposal is available for comment until February 21.

Currently, Brazil is only allowed to export pre-cooked beef to the U.S.