The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to allow the importation of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from Paraguay under the same import conditions applicable to fresh beef and ovine meat from Uruguay and fresh beef from the exporting regions of Argentina and Brazil (see proposed rule for details). Comments are due no later than April 26.

USDA states that fresh beef from Paraguay has been disallowed since 1997 because Paraguay’s food safety inspection system for raw beef products was not equivalent to that of the U.S. However, APHIS has now concluded that the overall risk associated with importing fresh beef from Paraguay is low and that the country has the capabilities needed to effectively report, contain, and eradicate foot-and-mouth disease in the event of an outbreak. APHIS has also concluded that Paraguay is able to comply with U.S. import restrictions on the specific products from affected areas.

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