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Democrat Senator Takes Bold Step to Reverse Biden Measure and Protect America’s Food Supply

Democratic Senator Jon Tester of Montana is teaming up with Republican Senator Mike Rounds from South Dakota to counter the Biden administration’s decision to lift a ban on beef imports that could pose a risk to U.S. food supplies.

Concerns have been raised by U.S. livestock industry groups regarding potential diseases in beef from Paraguay.

Congressional Review Act Resolution

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Senators Tester and Rounds plan to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the USDA’s decision to allow beef imports from Paraguay.

Concerns Over Disease

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The decision to lift the ban on Paraguayan beef imports has raised concerns due to Paraguay’s history of cattle disease, including foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

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Montana Senator’s Statement

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Senator Tester expressed his worries, stating that resuming beef imports from a country with a recent history of FMD could endanger both Montana consumers and producers.

Protecting American Standards

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Senator Rounds emphasized the importance of ensuring that Americans can confidently consume beef that meets the rigorous standards required in the U.S.

USDA’s Regulations

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In November, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) finalized regulations for Paraguayan beef imports, outlining conditions for importers to meet to prevent livestock diseases.

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Paraguay’s Desire to Resume Trade

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Paraguayan officials expressed their desire to resume the trade of raw beef products with the United States in a September meeting with the White House Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Risks to U.S. Economy

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Paraguay’s history of foot-and-mouth disease could pose a significant threat to the U.S. economy if not adequately addressed.

Paraguayan Perspective

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Paraguayan cattle industry associations and government agencies, including the Embassy of Paraguay to the United States, support the exportation of Paraguayan beef to the U.S., believing it would benefit both nations.

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Concerns from U.S. Industry Groups

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Industry groups like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), regional affiliates, the United States Cattlemen’s Association, and the American Farm Bureau Federation have expressed concerns about the potential for a FMD outbreak in the U.S. due to beef imports from Paraguay.

Flaws in Risk Assessment

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The NCBA’s executive director of government affairs, Kent Bacus, criticized the USDA’s decision, highlighting a flawed risk assessment based on outdated data.

Economic Downturn in Paraguay

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Bacus also pointed out that Paraguay’s economic downturn and reliance on private sector funding for disease mitigation measures were not adequately considered in the decision-making process.

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Industry Groups Express Doubts

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The decision has sparked controversy, with industry groups expressing doubts about the adequacy of the risk assessment and Paraguay’s ability to ensure safe beef exports to the U.S.

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