The United States halted fresh beef entering its market from Brazil. The U.S. Department of Agriculture explained that this new decision is to the interest of health condition for all citizens. There are already numerous shipments that failed to receive clearance of the required safety checks.
USDA Ordered More Intensive Scrutiny for Fresh Beef as Its Original Country Is Involved in a Scandal
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminded that its officials ordered an increase of safety checks for Brazilian beef only back in March. Since then, the authorities received concerning reports regarding the quality of Brazilian merchandise that enter American territory.
The extra security tests appeared soon after the word spread out about a scandal in Brazil. The incident concerns health inspectors in this country who are in charge of meat companies. These authorities were under investigation on grounds of corruption. JBS is one of the largest meat packers in the world and was caught off guard by this U.S. ban. However, the company declined to comment on the event.
This recent ban on such a high-end consumable merchandise can have major repercussions. Such a classification on behalf of this influential country can disqualify Brazilian products. These were until now branded under the title of the world’s lead exporter of poultry and beef.
The U.S. Is Willing to Lift the Ban If Brazilian Agriculture Ministry Takes Some Measures
Even though America was not the top client of this business by far, the country can still decide its fate. At the same time, this decision can leverage domestic sales in the United States. Since the enactment of new U.S. scrutiny in March for fresh beef from Brazil, USDA had to decline 11% of such imports. This total amounted to 1.9 million pounds of meat which didn’t pass tests for public health, sanitation or animal health. As a consequence, none of these products managed to enter U.S. market.
The agency stated that there is a possibility to lift these conditions. However, this can happen only if the Agriculture Ministry in Brazil takes the necessary measures to banish concerns that the United States has regarding their health standards.
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