USDA must ensure imported animals are appropriately inspected to safeguard U.S. agriculture.
Edward Avalos, USDA under-secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, recently announced new efforts to protect the livestock trade between the U.S. and Mexico after visiting livestock inspection facilities.
USDA will be opening a temporary cattle inspection facility in Eagle Pass, TX, the third temporary facility opened since the suspensions earlier this year, Avalos announced after touring a temporary inspection facility in Laredo with Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX).
"The cattle trade provides an important source of revenue for American producers and buyers and we are committed to maintaining the important trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico," says Avalos. "The new inspection location is part our ongoing effort to aggressively pursue opportunities to keep trade lines open in spite of the recent security challenges."
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