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USDA Expands Agriculture Trade With Mexico and Peru

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced two trade agreements that will allow U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Puerto Rico. The agreements are part of USDA's continued push to eliminate all remaining trade barriers to U.S. cattle and cattle products stemming from past detections of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Mexico will, for the first time in over a decade, allow imports of U.S. slaughter cattle. Exporters and producers can access the required documents on USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website , or through their local Veterinary Services office . Meanwhile, Peru's National Service of Agrarian Health (SENASA) has agreed to expand import opportunities for U.S. fresh and chilled pork and pork products. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service export library will be updated to reflect the new pork export requirements. These agreements could yield an additional $15 million in revenue for U.S. cattle producers and could boost pork sales by $5 million annually, according to Vilsack.

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