President Donald Trump Addresses Beef Imports During NCBA White House Visit

After hearing comments from President Trump regarding beef imports on May 19, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) CEO Colin Woodall urged the White House “to take another look at the decision to allow fresh beef imports from nations like Brazil, where there continue to be concerns with foot and mouth disease.”

Underscoring the complexity of beef trade, Woodall said American cattle producers rely on international trading partners, “both as a destination for the undervalued cuts we produce here, such as hearts, tongues, and livers, and for importation of lean trim for ground beef production to meet strong consumer demand.”  He said about 12 percent of beef consumed in the U.S. is imported, but that those imports meet U.S. health and safety standards.

“President Trump has shown his willingness to negotiate difficult trade deals and take on tough trading partners, and NCBA thanks him for the attention he has given to beef,” Woodall said.  “We encourage him to re-examine the decision to reopen the market to imports from Brazil, Namibia, and any other nation where there are food safety or animal health concerns that could impact American consumers or cattle producers.  A re-evaluation of those imports can accomplish his goals of protecting both American cattle producers and American consumer confidence in our own beef supply chain.”


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