AGRIBUSINESS: Proposal Allowing Brazilian Beef Nears Comment Close

Posted on: 6:10 am, February 19, 2014, by

Fresh Brazilian beef is a banned import in the U.S. because of the risk of foot and mouth disease (FMD).
But that may change, back in December USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposed to amend regulations allowing chilled or frozen beef from specific Brazilian states.
APHIS says there is enough infrastructure in those states to find and remove FMD outbreaks.
Vice President of Government Affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Colin Woodall says it’s not worth risking the domestic herd. He disagrees that Brazil has the resources to protect against a transfer of FMD and adds the U.S. herd could not handle an outbreak.
More than three hundred comments have been submitted to regulation.gov.  Many portion are against the proposal.
The open comment period ends on Friday.