U.S. beef is back in Brazil. Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today that the first shipment arrived, the first in 13 years. The entrance of American beef into the Brazilian market is a good signal for the future of U.S. beef producers and could bring an economic opportunity.
In a news release from USDA, "With Brazil’s large market reopened to the United States, U.S. beef exports are poised for new growth. I look forward to Brazilians getting the opportunity to eat delicious American beef, because once they taste it, they’ll want more of it.” said Secretary Perdue.
Brazil closed its market to imports of U.S. fresh beef in 2003 over concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. Since then, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have worked continuously with Brazilian officials to regain market access.
Additionally, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has provided documentation and information on the U.S. food safety requirements and standards for beef. Following numerous technical discussions and meetings, Brazil officially reopened the market on August 1, 2016 based on the United States’ classification by the World Organization for Animal Health as a negligible risk country for BSE.