The Brazilian government considers it impossible to stop the United States from importing fresh beef from Brazil, despite pressure from US producers.
This assessment has been discussed by sources close to the US government CNN Brazil, This is an internal issue, the chances of success are low at this time.
The increase in meat purchases from other countries will harass local producers. Then China’s ban on beef in Brazil lasted more than two months, NCBA (National Cattlemen’s Beef Association), a leading US beef producer, has demanded a suspension from the US Department of Agriculture.
In a general note, the argument used by the producer system is, given Mad cow cases have been reported in Brazil, It is necessary to reconsider the safety of health practices adopted by the Brazilian government.
“It is time to exclude Brazilian fresh meat from this country until the Department of Agriculture confirms that Brazil meets the same consumption and food safety standards that we apply to all of our trading partners,” said Ethan Lane, vice president of the company. An official note.
Despite the request of the US company, the Brazilian government has not yet been prosecuted by the United States. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, suspending Brazilian meat at this time is not possible by increasing imports of produce by the US government.
The Ministry states that it complies with all sanitary measures and regulations required for meat imports. As of September this year, the United States was the second largest importer of Brazilian beef, after China, according to data from Abrafrigo (Brazilian Association of Refrigerators). The world’s largest buyer.
China stopped importing Brazilian meat in September after two different crazy cows were found in Brazilian slaughterhouses. After the episode, the Brazilian government announced that there were isolated cases of unsold animals and that there was no risk of infection.
However, despite the Chinese government signaling in October to resume business operations in the short term, there is still no forecast for a repurchase of the Asian country product.
The expectation of the Chinese ambassadors asked by CNN Brazil That is trade Will resume by the end of January, A perspective considered with confidence by members of the Brazilian government.
Wednesday (17) Minister of Agriculture Theresa Christina, Russia has announced it will create a zero animal protein import tax for six months. According to him, the allocation of 300 thousand tons was opened as 200 thousand tons of beef and 100 thousand tons of pork.
According to CNN Brazil He learned from the Brazilian government that in order to comply with the new quota, Brazilian meat packers must show interest in the Russian government and provide a plan to comply with the quota with zero import duty.
Last year, Brazil exported 58,000 tonnes of beef to Russia, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. The country is also one of the top ten buyers of Brazilian meat.
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