Association recently contacted USDA Secretary Vilsack and addressed the recent
confirmation of a BSE positive test from a cow in Brazil. KCA not
only asked USDA to halt beef product imports from Brazil, it also
requested that USDA re-evaluate its import regulations from countries with
foreign animal diseases.
is worrisome that even after the World Organization for Animal Health confirmed
that a sample from a Brazil cow, diagnosing for BSE,
tested positive by immunohistochemical test, the Brazilian government denies any
report of BSE in the country. Although the animal did not die of the disease, it
does not take away from the significance of the matter and the lack of
responsibility the Brazilian government is taking to create a safe food supply,
stated KCA Executive Director Brandy Carter.
cow in question died in 2010, and BSE testing results were not completed until
2012. According to KCA, two years to detect a disease that could be deadly to a
nation's cattle herd is simply unacceptable.
United States does import
beef products from Brazil and
the KCA believes that U.S. consumers deserve to know that
the food supply is safe. In 2011, the U.S. imported 23 million pounds of beef and veal
products from Brazil, and beef imports from the
country continue today. KCA contends that Brazil's actions and lack of accountability
warrant a complete halt in all beef product imports to the United States.
KCA respectfully requested that swift actions be taken. KCA also expressed its
hope that the USDA will further address this matter and thoroughly review its
regulations regarding beef, beef products, and cattle imports from countries
that are not proven to be disease free.
diseases have a direct impact on the U.S. economy and U.S. consumers'
confidence. Kansas Cattlemen's Association takes these matters very seriously
and is optimistic that USDA does as well," Carter
largest importer of beef in Asia, has already suspended all beef imports from
Source: Kansas Cattlemen's Association