Reps. Lucas, Smith ask USDA for Answers on Importing Beef from Brazil, ArgentinaFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:42:23 CST
The recently proposed rules by USDA's Animal and Plant Inspection Service to allow the importation of beef from regions in Brazil and Argentina continue to generate concern on Capitol Hill. This week House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sent a letter to Secretary Vilsack asking for the supporting documents and answers the pressing questions industry has been asking.
"It is our understanding that livestock groups have made repeated quests for the data used by the agency to complete the Brazil assessment only to be told it either didn't exist, or what was available could not be translated to English," the letter reads. An independent peer-review of APHIS' risk assessment undertaken by the industry concluded that agency's decision could not be supported due to a lack of both available verified data and a transparent site review process to collect necessary animal health data, which would form the basis for the conclusions in the risk assessment."
To read the letter, click below.
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