Should Fresh Beef From Brazil Be Allowed In The U.S.?

Last week, USDA announced it plans to allow the importation of fresh Brazilian beef into the U.S. Currently, only thermally processed (cooked) beef from Brazil is allowed in the U.S. due to longstanding concerns about foot-and-mouth disease. This week’s online poll question is: “Should fresh beef from Brazil be allowed into the U.S.?” Leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

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Anonymous
on Feb 21, 2014

Only cooked beef should be imported.

on Jan 6, 2014

Politicians have been buying votes with cheap food as part of their campaigns for 70 years. They don't care if they break agriculture because we don't have enough votes for them to even worry about.
We're screwed when it come to political clout. :-(

Anonymous
on Jan 5, 2014

After living in Brazil for about a decade, I can tell you that importing their beef is a VERY bad idea.

I agree with the poster above who saw the blowflys, eggs, etc. in the open air butcher shop. One time, I went to purchase beef, and when they cut it white goo oozed out. They quickly glanced up at me to see if I noticed. I asked the guy if he would feed it to his mom. He laughed and threw it away.

Every Sunday afternoon, after the butcher shops close, trucks drive through the city collecting pieces of bone + meat from the local butcher shops. They take the bones to boil & be ground up - TO BE ADDED TO THE FEED FOR OTHER COWS.

I am friends with a handful of Brazilian ranchers that think this is okay. I have repeatedly asked them if they have never heard of FMD, to which they just shrug, because that's just the way it is done there. O,o

Every time I see "grass fed Brazilian beef" in American grocery store ads, I just shake my head. Don't believe the hype.

Anonymous
on Jan 3, 2014

Why have only 4 people commented about this on the government website? If everyone feels so strongly about it you need to go to the website and comment on it so maybe we can stop this!

Anonymous
on Jan 3, 2014

Surprise ,suprise, farmers finally see daylight ..government finds out farmers have finally saw daylight..must fix and put darkness over them again..history repeats itself ..more consumer votes than farmers ..that's what its all about ..votes.

Anonymous
on Jan 2, 2014

We need to maintain the restriction on fresh beef from ALL nations that have FMD problems. The risk is worse than BSE, as we know what caused BSE and can prevent that disease through proper management of feed ingredients. I agree with the post about moving the research facility from Plum Island to Kansas. One of the FMD outbreaks in Great Britain was due to an accidental release from a research facility.
During the early 2000's, I was employed by a state regulatory agency, and there were about 20 people in my position across the state. We were suddenly called in, given some background training, and sent out to both large grocery chain stores and small independent and ethnic stores to search for items containing raw meat from specific countries with FMD issues. When we found these products, we issued stop-sale orders and monitored their removal and return. The risk this disease poses has not been reduced or eliminated in the past 10-12 years.
Face it, we are vastly outnumbered at the voting booth. I have watched this in the 1970's, 80's, 90's, 2000's, and now. Just when it seems the rancher may start to make a decent wage for his investment and labor, here come increased imports to lower our prices. My father told me in the mid-70's that the elected officials have a better chance of getting re-elected if the average consumer (he said "housewife") has a cheap food basket and has more money to spend on the things that make the family feel "happier".
On a side note, with the publicity on changes to the ethanol program, I have seen wholesale and retail gasoline prices increase. I haven't yet seen a reduction in my feed costs, though.

Anonymous
on Jan 2, 2014

I am not an advocate of free trade but i do promote self reliance.

So lets take care of our beef boy's here first.

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

I worked in brazil for a while and after going to one of their meat markets one time I actually smelled it before i walked into it. blowflys,eggs, etc convinced me that I wouldn't eat any of the meat they had even if it was cooked well done...I ate nothing but eggs, and vegetables the entire time .

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

APHIS is saying that importation will only lower the cattle market by 1.4%. How about they take that same amount out of their budget or salaries? And the health risk is not worth it. Look what the BSE cow did to our markets. With the rising cost of inputs for our livestock another outbreak could mean the end for many ranchers.

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

Tax the corporation profits here and abroad appropriately. Give our ranchers the competitive advantage they deserve to get their product to the consumer. Tell congress and the executive branch todo their jobs and rewrite the free trade agreement if it is not reasonable.

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

nooooo nooooo no no no no we already import way too much beef

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

Keep it cooked.

on Jan 1, 2014

All the more reason to make sure COOL is in place and enforced!

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

The same people opposing COOL are wanting U S producers to identify our cattle for immediate traceback. How will you trace back South American beef? How will you restrict shipment to the specified areas? It is well known that Mexican and South American officials are easily bribed. ENFORCE COOL NOW!!

on Jan 2, 2014

ditto!

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

it's just a matter of time till jbs manipulates the beef market with imports.. fmd would destroy our market and get the price down for the greedy corporates to benefit.

Anonymous
on Jan 9, 2014

I agree but I think that most people are missing the big picture herer. If FMD is ever introduced in the USA it will stop ALL commerce. The incubation period for FMD is 14 days plus 3 days to confirm, meanwhile the disease is spreading from one end of the USA to the other east/west/north/south. FMD will have spread through the nation before USDA/APHIS even knows it is here. Just look back to what happened to Great Britian when FMD hit that nation. Not just no to the importation of fresh and chilled beef from Brazil but absolutely no!

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

All nations should strive for self sufficiency in their food supply, and stay away from importing if they are capable of supplying their own food, which we are.

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

This will eventually hurt the rancher/farmer. We can supply enough food for our own and people pay plenty for other items, (vehicles, parts, house rent, care for pets etc.) so what is wrong paying for beef that is safe and raised in the USA.

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

The FMD virus is always evolving, it's a mutant virus. Vaccines can only control the latest strain, that's the reason why they have not been able to eradicate it.

It takes very little to contaminate a herd, a sale barn, a country.......with only a little bit of manure in your boot or a Kleneex with a little discharge will do the trick.

Do you really need beef from Brazil? Is it worth the risk? Does it make sense?

In Mexico we already went thorough this nitemare, and it is not nice

Happy new year to all from Mexico

Alberto

Anonymous
on Jan 5, 2014

Thanks for your wise words!

Happy New Year!!

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

GREAT IDEA !!!!!! Lets let our elected officials keep our US beef producers in the red. Lets bring in export beef and keep the prices for our home grown beef low. How stupid can we let them get?

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

we need politicians which empower their ranchers and farmers rather then under mine them. It appears to me that many politicians want to keep us to struggle so the average man poses no threat to them . As we all know money is power. In our complacency we fail to vote this kind out.

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

It will open the door for the big Brazilian packers to begin cheapening our beef with imports since they already control so much of our packing and feeding industries. No way of knowing just what we'll be eating. Will do much damage to the American rancher and farmer.

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

Allowing fresh meat from brazil who has an FMD reccuring problem and does not have the infrastructure to monitor "in country movements of livestock makes about as much sense as moving the Plum Island facilities to Kansas, the heart of all cattle movement in the US

Anonymous
on Jan 1, 2014

Allow the domestic markets to correct themselves without outside factors. High prices will eventually cure high prices. Beef will need to position itself against cheap chicken, lower cost pork. Brining in even more foreign beef artificially messes with the market cycles.

Brazil has it's own hungry people to feed rather than export that food.

Anonymous
on Dec 27, 2013

If we lose COOL we will lose the Brazil label!! Not good.

Anonymous
on Dec 27, 2013

We will de-value our beef here in the U.S. Also, I am sure someone will get the bright idea to process it (repack it) ship back overseas. If it is tainted, the US will get the blame and hurt our real exports. Our government will subsidized it like everything else and it will hurt the American Rancher/Farmer in the long run.

Anonymous
on Dec 27, 2013

I have to wonder if the sudden idea of importing fresh beef is due to the current high prices here and our congressmen are worried about consumer backlash. Somebody might vote against them if they think meat is too high.

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