SD Stockgrowers respond to Brazilian beef imports

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association
Farm Forum

South Dakota Stockgrowers are frustrated at the recent announcement that the USDA will lift its current ban on Brazilian beef imports.

The current suspension of imports from Brazil since 2017 is needed to ensure a safe food supply within the United States. At that time, public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues all influenced USDA’s decision to halt these imports. There has been little, if any, evidence that these problems have been resolved.

In a letter to USDA’s Deputy under secretary for food safety, Mindy Brashears, Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) said, “consumers purchase beef without reservation. That confidence is vital to sustain domestic beef demand.” The SDSGA appreciates Congressman Johnson’s efforts and agree this is a move that must be questioned with the utmost scrutiny. “It’s widely known these imports consistently fail inspections.” Said Stockgrowers President Scott Edoff. “furthermore, there is no way to distinguish U.S. beef from the Brazilian imports which could be disastrous for our markets.” He Added.

SDSGA Executive Director James Halverson commented, “Senator Thune has also reached out and assured us he is working diligently to get to the bottom of why this ban was lifted. There is already much uncertainly in our markets and this was one more domino that should not have fallen. I hope our congressional delegation can work with USDA to reinstate this common-sense ban immediately until we are certain these imports won’t jeopardize our industry any further.”