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
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.