CONGRESSMAN BISHOP WELCOMES USDA SUSPENSION OF BEEF IMPORTS FROM BRAZIL DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS
Jun 26, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) welcomes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement that all beef imports from Brazil to the U.S. will be halted until further notice due to safety concerns.
“Food safety is a serious issue and is of the utmost importance,” said Congressman Bishop. “Although Brazil is a significant trading partner, the first priority should always be the safety of American consumers. I commend Secretary Perdue for taking decisive action to protect the integrity of our food supply.”
This suspension of Brazilian beef imports comes after the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) documented increased inspection failure rates of Brazilian meat products. Since March 2017, FSIS has inspected all Brazilian meat products arriving from Brazil and has refused entry to 11 percent of all Brazilian fresh beef products. This is significantly higher than the average rejection rate of one percent for global shipments into the U.S.
USDA has indicated that the suspension will remain in effect until it deems that the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has taken satisfactory corrective action.
Additional background on this announcement can be found here.