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·         Cattle groups call for halt of Brazilian beef imports

·         NCBA Urges Vilsack to Halt Brazilian Beef Imports

·         R-CALF: Ranch Group Follows NCBA’s Lead in Calling for Suspension of Brazilian Imports

 

 

Cattle groups call for halt of Brazilian beef imports

Recent cases of BSE concern U.S. cattle groups of potential harm to domestic consumers.

 

Jacqui Fatka, BEEF Magazine

Nov 16, 2021

 

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association called on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to immediately suspend all imports of fresh beef from Brazil to the United States over concerns of the country's reporting of its cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. R-CALF USA also followed suit, seeking action against Brazil in suspending imports of all beef products from Brazil, both fresh and pre-cooked.

 

In the letter to USDA, NCBA asked for a suspension until the agency conducts a thorough risk assessment and review of the processes that Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply uses to detect disease and other threats to consumers. NCBA also urged USDA to review Brazil's veterinary diagnostic laboratory system.

 

"It's time to keep Brazilian fresh beef out of this country until USDA can confirm that Brazil meets the same consumer and food safety standards that we apply to all our trade partners," says NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane.

 

According to reports published by the World Organization for Animal Health, also known as the OIE, Brazil took more than eight weeks to report two confirmed cases of atypical BSE. The OIE requires countries to report within 24 hours for any animal disease event that could be of international concern for public health emergencies...

 

... NCBA’s request for a suspension only applies to fresh beef, however, R-CALF USA’s request is more expansive...

 

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NCBA Urges Vilsack to Halt Brazilian Beef Imports

 

Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA)

November 12, 2021

 

WASHINGTON (November 12, 2021) — Today, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) called on Secretary Vilsack to immediately suspend all imports of fresh beef from Brazil to the United States.

 

In the letter to USDA, NCBA asked for a suspension until the agency conducts a thorough risk assessment and review of the processes that Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA) uses to detect disease and other threats to consumers. NCBA also urged USDA to review Brazil's veterinary diagnostic laboratory system.

 

"It's time to keep Brazilian fresh beef out of this country until USDA can confirm that Brazil meets the same consumer and food safety standards that we apply to all our trade partners," said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane.

 

"NCBA has long expressed concerns about Brazil's history of failing to report atypical BSE cases in a timely manner, a pattern that stretches back as far as 2012. Their poor track record and lack of transparency raises serious doubts about Brazil's ability to produce cattle and beef at an equivalent level of safety as American producers. If they cannot meet that bar, their product has no place here," added Lane.

 

According to reports published by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Brazil took more than eight weeks to report two confirmed cases of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The OIE requires countries to report within 24 hours for any animal disease event that could be of international concern for public health emergencies.

 

After the market devastation of 2003, American cattle producers have worked diligently to protect consumers and restore confidence both at home and abroad. Farmers and ranchers benefit greatly from the demand for beef that is built upon a commitment to integrity, transparency, and the highest scientific standards.

 

The consumer trust that our producers have worked so hard to build must not be jeopardized by any country that seeks to cut corners or conceal the truth about food safety concerns. Brazilian beef companies must prove that they are worthy of access to American consumers.

 

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Ranch Group Follows NCBA’s Lead in Calling for Suspension of Brazilian Imports

 

Source: R-CALF USA

November 15, 2021

 

Billings, Mont. – Today, R-CALF USA sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stating it agreed with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) November 12, 2021, call for the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil to the United States. R-CALF USA’s letter indicates it shares the concerns raised by the NCBA regarding Brazil’s repeated failures to provide timely notice regarding outbreaks of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) in 2012, 2014, 2019, and more recently in 2021.

 

However, unlike the NCBA’s request for a suspension that only applies to fresh beef, R-CALF USA’s request is more expansive, seeking an immediate suspension of imports of all beef products, both fresh and pre-cooked, pending a United States investigation into Brazil’s food safety system and its veterinary diagnostic laboratory system.

 

The ranch group explains that the more expansive suspension is needed because beef-related heat processes are not capable of inactivating the BSE prion, and it is Brazil’s non-compliance with BSE reporting requirements that prompted the suspension request. R-CALF USA’s letter states “all imports of all beef potentially subject to BSE contamination must be suspended.”

 

The ranch group points out that Brazil’s trail of reporting violations reveals that government-led sanctions have not worked to change Brazil’s practices. It then suggests that Vilsack should help Congress pass the recently introduced mandatory country of origin labeling (MCOOL) for beef bill (S.2716), which it states will provide a market-based approach to enforcement that may be more effective in forcing Brazil into compliance.

 

Empowering consumers to choose if they wish to purchase products from countries such as Brazil that attempt to circumvent U.S. food safety expectations, or from countries that engage in the deforestation of the world’s rain forests will only be possible when S.2716 is enacted, the ranch group asserts.

 

The MCOOL bill will “empower consumers to exercise a market-based approach to ensuring that foreign beef is produced under the same high standards as required in the United States and expected by United States consumers,” the letter states.

 

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R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America) is the largest producer-only lobbying and trade association representing U.S. cattle producers. It is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. Visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-2516 for more information.