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First Exports of U.S. Beef Arrive in Brazil

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The first shipment of fresh U.S. beef arrived in Brazil following a 13-year ban on U.S. beef exports. Brazil closed its market to imports of U.S. fresh beef in 2003 over concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Since then, the Foreign Agricultural Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service worked continuously with Brazilian officials to regain market access. Following numerous technical discussions and meetings, Brazil officially reopened the market on August 1, 2016, based on the U.S.'s classification by the World Organization for Animal Health as a negligible-risk country for BSE.

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