Two U.S. Senators have reintroduced a bill that would suspend imports of Brazilian beef amid food safety and animal health concerns.
Senator Mike Rounds a Republican from South Dakota, one of the bill’s cosponsors, says Brazil has repeatedly failed to adhere to the rules set by the World Organization for Animal Health for reporting cases of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). He says the legislation would ensure Brazilian beef is safe to eat before it enters the US market. “Until such time as there has been a good analysis of what’s actually going on and why it is that Brazil consistently fails to notify the appropriate organizations when they do have a problem within their herds,” he says.