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Proposal to Ease Rules on Beef Imports from Argentina Gets Longer Comment Period

Friday, October 31, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has reopened through Dec. 29 the period for public comments 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.

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