Cattle Health and Wellbeing Committee discusses trade and regulations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Committee members and attendees to the Cattle Health and Wellbeing Committee meeting heard from experts about importing beef from Brazil and Argentina as well as new regulatory concerns of which to be aware.

John Clifford, deputy administrator of USDA APHIS Veterinary Services, spoke to attendees about the risks associated with importing beef from Brazil and Argentina.

“I’m not here to change your mind,” Clifford said. “I am here to give you the facts.”

Clifford spoke primarily about foot and mouth disease, and the effects this disease would have if it was introduced into the U.S. The current risk assessment process for determining what countries to trade based on the presence of food and mouth disease is grounded in solid research.

“Our decisions are science-based, not politically-based,” Clifford said.

Mike Apley, a professor at Kansas State University, also spoke to attendees about new regulations concerning a variety of veterinary issues. Apley spoke extensively about Guidance 209, Guidance 213 and antimicrobial residue regulations.

Regarding the residue issue, Apley stressed the importance of good veterinary-patient relationships.

The content these speakers provided helped committee members make informed decisions as they proceeded throughout the meeting. Resolutions were passed concerning research about imports with Brazil and Argentina and third party auditing.

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Author:Stuart Estes

I am an agricultural communications student at the University of Arkansas with skills ranging from news reporting to marketing to research.

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