With Brazil’s most recent report of another atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is calling on Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to indefinitely suspend beef imports from Brazil.
Citing a lapse in action after reports of the disease, NCBA says Brazil is incapable of prompt testing and reporting requirements that all nations are required to follow when engaging in international beef trade. NCBA President and South Dakota cattleman Todd Wilkinson say imports from the country must stop immediately to protect the safety and security of the U.S. herd and American cattle producers.
Additionally, Wilkinson and NCBA called for USDA to shut the border down to Brazil until the country demonstrates it is willing and able to play by the same trade rules that govern all other nations.
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