Ensuring the well-being of the U.S. cattle population


Ensuring the well-being of the U.S. cattle population

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is focused on protecting the health of the U.S. cattle herd, with concerns about the USDA’s decision to allow imports of Paraguayan beef. Kent Bacus, director of Government Affairs with NCBA, emphasizes that the U.S. food supply is the safest in the world and expresses concerns about the outdated information used to determine the equivalency for animal health with Paraguay. He stresses the need for countries looking to trade with the U.S. to demonstrate an equivalent level of safety in both animal health and food safety.

Despite the USDA lifting the ban on Paraguayan beef imports earlier this year, concerns about the country’s animal health track record led to a bipartisan group of Senators passing a resolution to block these imports. NCBA is hopeful that the House will also pass the resolution with a two-thirds majority, in order to prevent a potential veto from the President.

The next step for the resolution is consideration by the U.S. House, although the timeline for this is uncertain. NCBA is committed to advocating for the protection of the U.S. cattle herd and ensuring that safety standards are upheld for all imported beef products.

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