US Suspends Fresh Beef Imports From Brazil
The US government has suspended all Brazilian beef purchases due to concerns about the quality of the meat, reports Folha de Sao Paulo.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, since the concerns surrounding Brazilian meat first arose in March, the US has barred 11% of the beef imported from Brazil.
Although the US market only opened to the Brazilian product last year, Antonio Camardelli, president of the Brazilian Association of Meat Exporters, said that the suspension of exports represents “an intangible loss and will affect the consolidation and the image of the sector."
He explained that the Brazilian meat was refused entry into the US due to abscesses caused by the reaction of animals to the foot-and-mouth disease vaccine.
Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture has suspended meat exports from five meatpackers to the US and the ban will stay in force until "corrective measures" are adopted, reports O Globo.
The blockade imposed by the Ministry of Agriculture involves three freezing plants owned by Marfrig (Sao Gabriel, S, Promissão and Paratininga), one from JBS (Campo Grande), and one from Minerva (Palmeiras de Goiás).
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