No timeframe on US beef ban
Brazilian meatpackers were hit with by a scandal involving the alleged bribery of government food safety officials and the sale of meat unfit for public consumption. This led many countries, including China and Hong Kong, to ban Brazilian meat. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his Brazilian counterpart Blairo Maggi met in Washington on Monday to discuss the ban that went into effect on June 22nd. The US officials has said a high percentage of beef shipments from Brazil did not pass safety checks.
US will not allow food into the country which is not in the best compliance of sanitary and phytosanitary methods of both producing and processing. So officials said, that it is going to be very challenging actually to lift the ban in 60 days and that they think it’s probably going to take a lot of auditing in Brazil to solve the problem. Brazilian cattle ranchers have said they believe the abscesses were linked to foot-and-mouth vaccines used in Brazil, the only country where foot-and-mouth disease can be found in cattle that can sell to the United States because it uses vaccinations.
Brazil had been selling fresh beef to the United States since July 2016 when the countries signed an agreement ending 17 years of talks about such imports.