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USDA beefs up scrutiny of Brazilian beef amid bribery scandal

None of the slaughter or processing facilities targeted by the Federal Police in Brazil have shipped meat products to the United States, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Nevertheless, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw and ready-to-eat beef products from Brazil once it heard a scandal was brewing…. Continue Reading

Federal police drop dragnet on Brazilian meat inspectors

Brazil’s Federal Police last week were out to clean up some corruption in the country’s meatpacking industry in a big, but targeted way. Two major exporting companies, JBS and BRF, are being probed for possible payoffs to meat inspectors who are being accused of waiving food safety requirements. Brazil on March 17 deployed 1,100 police… Continue Reading

Ban Lifted on Beef Imports From Argentina, Brazil

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is lifting a ban on beef imports from Northern Argentina and 14 of Brazil’s 27 states. But the changes in regulation have some concerned about the risk of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The agency concluded that Argentina and Brazil are… Continue Reading

U.S. Makes Top 10 List of Worst Food Safety Violators

According to the global food source monitoring company Food Sentry, the U.S. was one of the top 10 countries with the most food safety violations in 2013. In 2013, Food Sentry added more than 3,400 verified instances of food safety violations associated with products exported from 117 different countries. The incident data were gathered from… Continue Reading

Cattlemen Object on Food-Safety Grounds to USDA Allowing More Brazilian Beef Imports

With beef prices in the U.S. reaching stratospheric levels, looking to one of our top-10 trading partners for increased supply would seem to be in the best interest of hard-pressed American consumers. But the Denver-based National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says that action by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service opening the U.S. to importation… Continue Reading

Brazil’s Second Cow With BSE Likely An Atypical Case

The animal with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) recently found in Brazil was probably an atypical case, according to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory in Weybridge, England. Atypical BSE, or “mad cow” disease, is a form of the prion disease not associated with the animal’s consumption of feed. The finding means it is unlikely the… Continue Reading

Brazil Investigates Second Possible Mad Cow Case Since 2010

A second possible case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow disease, in Brazil is coming in for public scrutiny much sooner than the first, which was discovered in 2010. Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture says it is investigating why an animal with symptoms of “nerve disease” collapsed at a slaughterhouse in the state of… Continue Reading

Five Importing Nations Ban Beef from Brazil Over Mad Cow

Five counties – not including the United States — have now banned Brazilian beef entirely as a precaution after the country’s handling of an incident of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in 2010. Japan, China, South Africa, South Korea and Saudi Arabia have blocked beef from Brazil because of the BSE, or Mad Cow Disease report,… Continue Reading

Brazil Works to Minimize Reaction to Mad Cow Incident

Brazil continues to downplay its first and belated report of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow Disease, and its strategy may be working. Except for Japan, Brazil’s 2010 Mad Cow incident is not resulting in trade bans against its beef. To make sure it stays that way, the government in Brasilia Tuesday said it… Continue Reading

Brazil Kept Mad Cow Secret for Two Years

Enough beef to feed one million Americans for a year has been imported from Brazil without the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) mitigations that are supposed to be applied to countries where BSE is known to exist. That’s because for the past two years, USDA was operating under the assumption that Brazil had not experienced any… Continue Reading