Tester and DeLauro keep pressure on USDA to suspend Brazilian beef exports


By Dan Flynn, Food Safety News by Marler Clark

November 20, 2021


Two powerful Democrats, one from the House and the other from the Senate, want to suspend Brazil beef exports to the USA and are willing to make it happen with legislation.


And while it seems long ago, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) last targeted on-site equivalence verification audit of Brazil from Jan. 13 through Jan. 24, 2020.  The final audit report, certifying that Brazil’s beef is as safe as America’s, became public on Feb. 20, 2020.


However, support for suspending Brazilian beef exports led by American beef producers is on the rise.


Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, are supporting the suspension with legislation.


Tester, the only farmer in the U.S. Senate, wants a study of safety risks involving Brazilian beef following what he calls “repeated reporting issues” involving delayed reporting of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow Disease, in Brazilian beef.


Tester wants a suspension on Brazilian beef imports to the United States “until experts can conduct a systematic review of the commodity’s safety.”


“Montanans demand the highest level of safety and certainty in their beef, and Brazilian imports aren’t making the cut,” said Tester...


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