USDA Proposes Amendment on Brazilian Beef Imports

The U.S. may have fresh Brazilian beef added to the menu. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend its regulations to allow some fresh beef imports from specific Brazilian states. The proposal allows chilled or frozen beef to be imported.

USDA claims with the proposal the U.S. is still protected from an introduction of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The proposal comes after APHIS concluded that there is a valid Brazilian veterinary infrastructure to detect and eradicate an FMD outbreak.

The imported Brazilian meat would still have to follow USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service regulations for food safety and labeling. The proposal is available for comment until February 21st. Right now - Brazil is only allowed to export pre-cooked beef to the U.S.

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