USCA Adds to Growing Call for the Halt of Brazilian Beef Imports; Cites Early Work

 

Source: United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA)

Nov 17, 2021

 

(WASHINGTON) - On Wednesday, the United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) joined with recent calls from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and RCALF-USA to immediately suspend imports of beef from Brazil.

 

In its letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USCA writes:

 

"Recent reports of human remains containing Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow Disease, follow closely on the heels of an atypical case of BSE found in an older cow in Brazil. This is especially troubling given Brazil’s history of corruption and dishonest trading practices in the global marketplace. USCA is concerned that there are more cases waiting to be 'discovered'."

 

USCA Trade Committee Chair Larry Kendig issued the following statement:

 

"The same concerns which prompted USCA to call for a halt to Brazilian beef imports in 2017 remain today. Put simply, Brazil is a bad actor in the global marketplace. The country has a history of corruption at the highest levels, and we are gambling with the health of the domestic cattle herd each time we accept a shipment of beef from Brazil."

 

Read the USCA letter (PDF): https://mcusercontent.com/c35966bef9b816acff772766f/files/90b61d52-079b-d41d-087b-b9c8be3231b3/2021_11_USCA_Letter_to_USDA_on_Brazil_.pdf

 

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Cattle Groups Fearing ‘Mad Cow’ Push U.S. to Halt Brazilian Beef

 

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    Concerns outlined in letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack

 

Megan U. Boyanton, Bloomberg Law

Nov. 17, 2021

 

The nation’s three major cattle trade groups are seeking a suspension of beef imports from Brazil, citing a risk of mad-cow disease.

 

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association pointed to reports by Brazil’s Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply Ministry of two cases of “atypical” bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in animals as a reason for an immediate halt. China and the Philippines both suspended their Brazilian beef imports in September.

 

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