Will BSE in Brazil Impact the Global Meat Industry?


By Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork 

September 9, 2021


When I heard the news about the two cases of atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in milk cows sent to a slaughterhouse in the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil, my heart sank. Over the years, we’ve made some good friends in the Brazilian beef industry. The thought of more stress on top of the stress I know they are feeling right now because of the pandemic is a real concern. Brazil is no longer a place on a map to me, it’s where good friends are trying to do what we’re trying to do every day – survive a crazy period in history and make a living in animal agriculture.


I also couldn’t help but wonder if this would be another blow to the global meat industry? How would it impact the pork market?


Osler Desouzart, managing director of OD Consulting in Barueri in Brazil, says he does not expect a major impact on the world markets for a lack of better alternatives and a world shortage of live cattle affecting most of the beef-producing countries.


“The production and exports are highly concentrated in a few countries,” Desouzart says...


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