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         U.S. senator introduces bill to block Brazilian beef imports after 'mad cow' reports

         Cattle groups support Tester bill to halt Brazilian beef imports

 

 

U.S. senator introduces bill to block Brazilian beef imports after 'mad cow' reports

 

By P.j. Huffstutter, Reuters††

November 18, 2021

 

CHICAGO, Nov 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester on Thursday introduced legislation to halt the import of Brazilian beef into the United States and called for experts to review "the commodity's safety" after media reports that Brazil delayed reporting two cases of mad cow disease.

 

The bill by Tester, a Montana Democrat, follows political pressure from U.S. cattle producers who have been calling for a halt to imports of Brazilian fresh beef due to questions about what processes Brazil uses to detect animal disease and other potential foodborne threats to consumers.

 

Brazil, the world's largest beef exporter, suspended beef exports to top customer China after the South American country in early September confirmed two cases of "atypical" mad cow disease - or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - in two separate domestic meat plants. read more

 

But the cases were originally detected in June, well before they were reported to trade partners and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), according to a Nov. 12 letter sent by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

USDA, which regulates beef imports into the United States, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.

 

The United States imported $62.3 million of beef and beef products from Brazil in the first nine months of this year, a 36% increase over the same period a year earlier...

 

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Cattle groups support Tester bill to halt Brazilian beef imports

 

By Meghan Grebner, Brownfield

November 18, 2021

 

All three major cattle groups are supporting legislation to suspend Brazilian beef imports into the US.

 

The bill, introduced by U.S. Senator Jon Tester of Montana, comes after repeated issues with Brazilís delayed reporting of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Brazilian beef.† The proposed legislation would halt beef imports until experts can conduct a systematic review of the commodityís safety. Tester says domestic producers and consumers deserve to know if Brazilís beef and reporting standards are making the grade.†

 

Most countries report cases of BSE to the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) immediately, however,cattle groups support the Tester bill to halt Brazilian beef imports Brazil announced in September two cases of atypical BSE that were detected in June of that year.† Brazil also waited months or longer to report cases in 2019, 2014, and 2012...

 

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