May 9, 2005, as reported by just-food.com: Brazil has temporarily
suspended beef exports to the United States so the government
will have time to bring its inspection centers in line
with U.S. sanitary requirements.
The announcement made by Brazil's Agriculture Ministry
came after a US technical delegation in Brazil found
irregularities in the sanitary inspection of local beef
processing plants. The USA delegates revoked the export
licenses of three exporters and suspended five others.
The Ministry’s suspension, which affects all the
country’s processing plants, took effect May 5.
Exports to the U.S. will remain halted while sanitation
inspections are brought up to code--a process the government
estimates should take no more than three weeks. Once
the upgrades are complete the processors will once again
be free to send beef to the U.S. In the interim beef
shipments will be redirected to other foreign markets,
such as Russia, or absorbed domestically.