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Beef industry says bans in Brazilian beef will be reduced soon

The renewal of Brazil's status as a country with a negligible risk for BSE will help end bans on Brazilian beef soon. The industry says recognition by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) proves the quality of Brazil's animal defense system and shows that the bans were an over-reaction.

Due to the confirmation in December of a non-classical case in 2010 in an animal in Paraná, 12 countries suspended their imports from Brazil, nine for the entire country, and two only for beef from Paraná. Chile's ban was only on meat and bone meal. Meeting last week in Paris, France, the OIE said that there is no risk to the herd or to consumers in importing countries.

In January the Brazilian government signaled that it would wait until March to negotiate an end to the bans. Only then, if necessary, would it file a protest at the World Trade Organization (WTO). For the Ministry of Agriculture, which sent the director of animal health, Guilherme Marques, to clarify the situation at the meeting in Paris, the OIE's announcement will help end the restrictions.

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