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U.S. & Brazil to Resume Beef Trade
USAgNet - 08/04/2016

The USDA said this week it has relaxed a ban on imports of Brazilian beef, and now officials from Brazil have also agreed to drop bans that it placed on U.S. beef after outbreaks of deadly cattle-borne diseases were confirmed in 2003.

"We are pleased that Brazil, a major agricultural producing and trading country, has aligned with science-based international standards," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, adding that Brazil was the 16th country in the past year to drop such bans on U.S. product.

Brazil had put the ban in place in part over concerns about the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, after a cow with the disease was found in the U.S. state of Washington in 2003. Foot-and-mouth disease discovered in Brazil's herds also triggered a ban by the U.S. and other countries.

The Wall Street Journal reports that some public health groups continue to have concerns about Brazil's level of food-safety monitoring.

Some ranchers also protested the dropped trading ban, which could further pressure domestic cattle ranchers struggling against a 15% drop in the price of cattle this year.

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