The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food on Wednesday pledged to improve trade in beef and beef-related products between the two countries.
The United States and Brazil are two of the world's largest agricultural producers and exporters. During the past 20 years, USDA and its Brazilian counterpart have collaborated on many agriculture issues and currently have about 100 agricultural cooperative activities.
“As global leaders in the use of innovative agricultural production technologies, both countries share a keen interest in exploring further agricultural cooperation,” said Michael T. Scuse, USDA’s undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, in a statement.
“Both Brazil and the United States maintain a strong commitment to science-based rulemaking,” he added. “USDA and MAPA recently agreed to a path forward to amend rules that currently limit bilateral beef trade. Bilateral trade of all beef and beef products could occur once each exporting country meets the importing country's equivalence and technical requirements for animal health and food safety.”