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U.S. to Inspect Brazil Beef Plants

U.S. officials will inspect Brazilian beef plants in June following trade talks between the two nations.

In a news release, Brazil’s agriculture minister said U.S. officials will audit the inspection system for beef and pork from June 10 to June 28, calling the audit “an important step” to allow Brazil to re-export to the United States in the future. Brazil says the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection intends to verify that Brazilian products meet U.S. sanitary requirements.

Concerns remain within the U.S. regarding allowing products from Brazil into the U.S. market, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in 2017 suspended imports of fresh Brazilian Beef in the wake of public health concerns, sanitary conditions and animal health issues.