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Apr 18, 2019

Tester Demands Testing on Brazilian Beef, Introduces Bill to Keep Americans Safe

Senator’s bill would create a working group to determine if Brazilian beef and poultry are up to U.S. quality standards

(Big Sandy, Mont.) - Following Brazil's request to lift the ban on beef imports to the United States, U.S. Senator Jon Tester introduced a bill that would create a working group to assess if Brazilian beef and poultry are safe to eat.

Tester's legislation would require the Secretary of Agriculture to create a working group comprised of food safety experts and relevant trade agencies to comprehensively investigate safety threats related to Brazilian beef.

"Montana ranchers produce the best beef in the world and are held to the highest standards," Tester said. "They know what it takes to raise safe, quality beef and we have to ensure the products we're importing are up to our highest standards, because families shouldn't have to worry if the meat they buy at their supermarket is safe to eat."

Following reports in 2017 that Brazil was exporting rotten beef and attempting to cover it up with cancer-causing acid products, Tester successfully urged the USDA to implement a ban on Brazilian fresh beef imports. In recent trade negotiations, Brazil has indicated that their top priority will be to reopen fresh beef exports to the U.S.

Tester's bill would ensure that Brazilian beef is safe to eat before it is brought back into U.S. markets by imposing a moratorium on Brazilian beef until the group has made a recommendation regarding its import status.

As the only working farmer in the U.S. Senate, Tester has worked tirelessly to ensure that food across the country is safe to eat. Following the reports that Brazilian beef was unsafe, Tester introduced legislation to ban its import and wrote a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture urging him to reinstate the ban.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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