The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said it is proposing to amend its regulations to allow the importation of fresh beef from certain Brazilian states.
The USDA said the proposed regulation changes would allow the importation of chilled or frozen beef while still protecting the U.S. from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The USDA said APHIS determined that Brazil has the veterinary infrastructure in place to detect and eradicate a FMD outbreak if necessary. In addition, the USDA said imported beef would be subject to regulations that would mitigate the risk of FMD introduction.
Before actual importation of beef, the USDA said its Food Safety and Inspection Service must also deem Brazil eligible to export fresh/frozen beef products after a final regulation by APHIS has been published.
The Federal Register on Monday noted the proposal would allow, under certain conditions, the importation of beef from the states of Bahia, Distrito Federal, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Rondônia, São Paulo, Sergipe, and Tocantins.
A notice in the Federal Register
said annual imports of fresh beef from Brazil are expected to be between 20,000 tons and 65,000 tons. Also, a model indicates that about two-thirds of the beef imported from Brazil would displace beef that would otherwise be imported from other countries.