A rule published in the federal register by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service allows beef from the Patagonia region in Argentina to be imported into the U.S.
Iowa Cattlemen’s Association president Ed Greiman says Argentina has had problems in some areas with Foot and Mouth Disease. He said that there are many concerns with allowing the importation of beef from the country, WNAX radio station in Yankton, S.D., reports.
He thinks APHIS officials should have consulted with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other U.S. producers before allowing the beef into the country. He is concerned about even one case of Foot and Mouth Disease showing up in the U.S.
Greiman says that one case could be both costly and devastating to the U.S. cattle herd.
APHIS conducted their risk analysis based on a series of visits to Argentine to determine the risk status of the disease in the country’s various regions including Patagonia.
Listen to Greiman discuss his concerns.