USCA Responds to Trump Administration Reopening U.S. Borders to Brazilian Beef

(WASHINGTON) – In response to a recent announcement lifting the ban on the importation of Brazilian beef, United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Brooke Miller issued the following statement:
“USCA is stunned by the recent decision to risk the health of our domestic cattle herd and jeopardize the safety of consumers by allowing the importation of fresh beef from Brazil. We sounded the alarm on Brazil’s appalling practices in 2017, after nearly 1.9 million pounds of Brazilian beef was rejected by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) due to ‘
public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues’.

“We remain concerned with the beef product Brazil exports to our country and reject the finding that the country’s food safety and production standards are equivalent to the U.S. beef and cattle industry. We applaud those Senators and Congressmen that have issued letters to the USDA demanding an explanation for this disastrous move.

“We will be considering all options to put an immediate halt on Brazilian beef imports, to protect both the safety of our domestic herd and our consumers.”

USCA thanks the following Members of Congress for recognizing the seriousness of this announcement and demanding answers from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) – Read his letter HERE. 
Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) – Read his letter HERE. 

The Senators below sent THIS letter to Under Secretary Mindy Brashears. 

Sen. John Thune
(R-SD)
Sen. Mike Enzi
(R-WY)
Sen. Kevin Cramer
(R-ND)
Sen. Jon Tester
(D-MT)
Sen. Mike Rounds
(R-SD)
Sen. Cindy Hyde Smith
(R-MS)
Sen. Steve Daines
(R-MT)
Sen. Ben Sasse
(R-NE)
Sen. Cory Booker
(D-NJ)
Sen. Jerry Moran
(R-KS)
Sen. Deb Fischer
(R-NE)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow
(D-MI)
Sen. John Barrasso
(R-WY)
Sen. John Hoeven
(R-ND)
Sen. Gary Peters
(D-MI)

Read President Brooke Miller’s 2019 article:
Brazil consistently a bad actor in the global marketplace

Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to enhancing and expanding the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill.  USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.