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Brazilian minister to U.S. to discuss reopening market for Brazilian meat

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Staff Writer | July 17, 2017
Brazilian Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi will meet with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Washington to discuss the resumption of Brazilian beef exports to the United States.
Blairo Maggi
Food trade   Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply
According to the executive secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, Eumar Novacki, the measures taken by the ministry and the technical explanations already submitted to the United States will inform the discussion to reopen the US market to Brazilian exporters.

Novacki is in Switzerland to attend the Codex Alimentarius summit, where he will support the Brazilian candidacy for the organisation's presidency and hold bilateral meetings with trade partners to defend the health safety of Brazilian products.

In Geneva, he met with Theodore Allegra, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organisations, to detail the steps the ministry has taken regarding the reactions to the Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine detected by the US.

One of the measures was the determination to meatpacking plants that meat cuts taken from the forequarter of animals (i.e. where the vaccine is applied) only be exported in the form of cutouts, cubes or strips in order to easily identify possible problems.