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USDA Hosts U.S.-Mexico CCA Meeting

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse and Chief Agriculture Negotiator Darci Vetter in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) hosted the U.S.-Mexico Consultative Committee on Agriculture (CCA) meeting. During the meeting, Mexico representatives Juan Manuel Verdugo, undersecretary for rural development, and Ken Smith Ramos, minister representative for the Trade and NAFTA Office of the Ministry of the Economy of Mexico, noted that Mexico will propose additional border crossing points for U.S. slaughter cattle, and expressed their concerns regarding USDA's proposed changes to agriculture quarantine fees. USDA offered to host a delegation from Mexico during the first quarter of 2015 to visit U.S. meat establishments and observe the processes involved in meat grading. Both sides also discussed bilateral sugar trade issues, border security, biotechnology coordination, oversight harmonization, organic trade and climate change collaboration, among other issues.

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