US will start inspections in brazilian meatpackers this week

A veterinary mission from the United States that will inspect beef and pork slaughterhouses is scheduled for Monday (10). The audit, which will extend until the 28th, will be held in slaughterhouses in six states: São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Mato Grosso do Sul. Federal Laboratories for Agricultural and Livestock Defense will also be inspected ( LFDAs) in São Paulo and Minas Gerais, analysis centers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MPLS).

Audits are also planned at the Inspection Services for Animal Products of the Ministry (SIPOAs) of São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Goiás. The itineraries will be completed by two teams, six veterinarians from the Inspection and Security Service United States Food and Agriculture Organization (FSIS), of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

For the Minister of Agriculture, Teresa Cristina, Brazil has already fulfilled all the demands made by the Americans regarding the quality of the Brazilian product and is now ready to begin exports of fresh beef. In March, after negotiations with the United States, the minister said bureaucratic issues were resolved with US health authorities.

Regarding the United States request to export pork to Brazil, Tereza Cristina explained that the Brazilian government is still evaluating the sanitary part of the import certificate. "It has not been granted yet (the authorization for the US to export meat), we are still discussing the health certificate," the minister explained at the time.

In June 2017, the Americans suspended purchases of beef cattle from Brazil, due to the reactions (abscesses) caused by the foot-and-mouth disease vaccine in the herd. These reactions triggered the vaccine dose reduction process from 5 ml to 2 ml and the saponin withdrawal from the product composition. Brazil was granted authorization in 2015 to export fresh beef to the US, a process that has dragged on for 15 years, but limited to selling only thermoprocessed (cooked) meat to that country.

Posted by: Marina Carvejani