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US to Assess Brazilian Meat Conditions

23 May 2008
Meat & Livestock Australia

BRAZIL - In order to assess fresh beef and pork production conditions in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that they will make a technical mission.

The decision was made after a Brazil-US Agricultural Committee meeting was held on Monday 19 May in Brazil and the journey is expected to begin between 9 and 13 June 2008

Santa Catarina is the only state recognised by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) as free of foot and mouth disease without vaccination in Brazil.

The US has not recognised the regionalisation principle for phytosanitary measures in previous years, but there is increasing optimism among Brazilian authorities, as the World Trade Organisation (of which the US is a member) has recently agreed to recognise this principle, although it will not be mandatory for its members to accept it.

TheCattleSite News Desk


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