USMEF Weekly Audio: Canada’s BSE Risk Upgrade Could Benefit U.S. Beef Industry

The World Organization for Animal Health recently upgraded the BSE risk classifications for Canada and Ireland, with both moving from “controlled” risk to “negligible” risk. While this is obviously good news for exporters of Canadian and Irish beef, Canada’s upgrade may also lead to regulatory relief for the U.S. beef industry.

Travis Arp, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior director of export services, explains that some key export destinations such as South Korea and Taiwan restrict imports of U.S. beef cuts derived from cattle imported from Canada. These restrictions are incorporated into export verification programs, which add administrative costs and segregation procedures for U.S. processors and exporters.

Arp notes that Canada’s move to negligible risk creates an opportunity for the U.S. government to revisit these policies with trading partners that maintain import restrictions related to cattle of Canadian origin. In addition to South Korea and Taiwan, Singapore and Ecuador are also in this category. Arp adds that the U.S. could also revisit market access in Australia, which is closed to most U.S. beef products.

ravis Arp, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior director of export services

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (www.USMEF.org) is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations. USMEF complies with all equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action measures applicable to it by contract, government rule or regulation or as otherwise provided by law. USMEF is an equal opportunity employer and provider. 

Submitted to the BARN by:

Joe Schuele

Vice President, Communications

U.S. Meat Export Federation

303-547-0030 (mobile)

jschuele@usmef.org

www.usmef.org

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Tucker 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.