Brazilian Beef Imports on Hold Until Food Safety Addressed

Brazilian Beef Imports on Hold Until Food Safety Addressed

U.S. will not resume imports until food safety issues have been addressed, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.

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July 18, 2017
Food Safety

 As reported by Seychelles New Agency, the United States will not resume imports of beef from Brazil until food safety issues have been addressed, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Monday,

Purdue met with his Brazilian counterpart, Blairo Maggi, to discuss the issue after Washington late last month halted all beef imports from the country following a rash of bad shipments discovered in US ports.

"Though Brazil pressed for a timeline for restoration of beef imports... any timeline would have to depend upon progress being made by Brazil," Purdue told the Brazilian official, the USDA said in a statement following the meeting.

The agency's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) began inspecting all Brazil beef imports in March after a series of bad meat shipments were discovered, and through late June had stopped 11 percent of the beef meant for the US market, about 1.9 million pounds (862,000 kilograms).

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Source: http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/