Rules on Beef Imports from Some Regions of Argentina to be Eased
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is inviting comments through Oct. 28 on a proposed rule that would allow the importation of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from northern Argentina, a region located north of Patagonia South and Patagonia North B. An APHIS risk assessment conducted at the request of the government of Argentina indicates that such beef can be safely imported provided that certain conditions are met (i.e., the same import conditions imposed on fresh beef and ovine meat from Uruguay) to ensure it will not harbor foot-and-mouth disease. This rule would also add Argentina to the list of regions recognized as free of rinderpest.
Separately, APHIS is adding the Patagonia region of Argentina, consisting of Patagonia South and Patagonia North B, to the list of regions considered free of FMD and rinderpest, effective Oct. 28. APHIS has determined that FMD is not present in this region and that the surveillance, prevention and control measures implemented by Argentina in that region are sufficient to minimize the likelihood of introducing FMD into the U.S. through the importation of susceptible ruminants and ruminant commodities. This rule also adds the Patagonia region to the list of regions subject to certain import restrictions on meat and meat products because of their proximity to or trading relationships with rinderpest- or FMD-affected countries.