Tester Announces Bill to Ban Brazilian Beef
Senator Calls for Import Ban Following the Sale of Rotten Meat
(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced legislation to temporarily ban the importation of Brazilian beef to protect American consumers from consuming rotten meat.
Following news that Brazilian meatpackers have been exporting rotten beef and trying to cover it up with cancer-causing acid products, Tester's bill will place a 120-day ban on Brazilian beef imports. A 120-day ban will provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture time to comprehensively investigate food safety threats and to determine which Brazilian beef sources put American consumers are risk.
"We must take decisive action to ensure no family in Montana or anywhere else in this country is exposed to the danger of deceptive Brazilian beef processors," said Tester, who butchers his own beef on his farm near Big Sandy, Mont. "Montana producers raise the best beef in the world and are held to the highest safety standards. We cannot allow harmful food to come into our markets and endanger our families."
"I applaud Senator Tester's decisive action," said Errol Rice Executive Vice President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. "The safety and integrity of our beef products is important for ranchers and consumers and we cannot have this dangerous product flooding our markets."
In August of last year, Tester criticized the USDA's decision to allow Brazilian beef imports to flood America's markets. He expressed fears about the safety of Brazil's product.
In 2015, Tester successfully blocked the importation of Brazilian beef from regions where foot-and-mouth disease was prevalent.