BRASILIA, Brazil – The Brazilian Agriculture Ministry announced on March 25 that the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) will be inspecting beef and pork processing plants in the country between June 10 and June 28.
“This is an important step so that we can re-export, in the near future, fresh meat to the US,” said Minister Tereza Cristina in a statement.
According to the Brazilian government, the USDA inspectors will be in Brazil to verify that the facilities meet the sanitary requirements of the US.
Last week, the Trump Administration and Brazil released a joint statement saying, “…in order to allow for the resumption of Brazil’s beef exports, the United States agreed to expeditiously schedule a technical visit by the United States Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to audit Brazil’s raw beef inspection system, as soon as it is satisfied with Brazil’s food safety documentation.”
US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue suspended imports of fresh Brazilian beef in June 2017 over food safety concerns.