The US has agreed to publish a proposed rule by 16 April to recognise the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina as free of foot and mouth disease (FMD) without vaccination, and other diseases (Unites States Department of Agriculture). However, the possible re-entry of fresh and frozen Brazilian beef to the US hinges on the outcome of an expedited US risk assessment and success in identifying a risk mitigation system to enable unprocessed beef from that state to enter the US without the risk of FMD outbreaks.
The US currently only imports beef from FMD free countries, not from recognised FMD free regions.
According to the Brazilian Beef Exporters Association, the recognition will not have an impact in exports as Santa Catarina beef production is limited, but it is an opportunity to open negotiations of Brazilian unprocessed product access in the US and other markets (AgraFNP).
The agreement comes as a result of the negotiations between the US and Brazil to avoid Brazilian retaliation due to a US cotton producers subsidy litigation at the World Trade Organization.
The US offer also includes funding for US$147 million/year to increase Brazilian cotton producers’ competitiveness and limiting US producer subsidies.
Source: Meat Trade News Daily
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