The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has reinstated Argentina’s eligibility to export raw beef to the U.S., effective for beef derived from cattle slaughtered on or after Nov. 27, 2018. FSIS states that it has concluded that Argentina has implemented a raw beef product inspection system that is equivalent to that of the U.S. and will conduct a follow-up onsite review of that system within six months.

Argentina has been ineligible to export raw beef products to the U.S. due to animal health restrictions imposed by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for rinderpest and foot-and-mouth disease. FSIS notes that in 2014 APHIS issued a rule classifying certain regions of Argentina as free of rinderpest and FMD and in 2015 determined that the remaining regions of Argentina could safely export raw beef under certain conditions.

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