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MikeS.

They are smart alright.. What about the market with the effect of imports? Why is it so hard to figure out why the losses in the feeding sector.  Brazil has 183 million cows and we have 82 million and JBS has new plants in Brazil and they are loading the boats!  The FMD threat is something very few have a solid understanding on and if you do you understand the risk and outcome of an outbreak..  Animal and PlantHealth Inspection Service4700 River RoadRiverdale, MD 20737Voice 301-851-4100Web: http://www.aphis.usda.govContact:Workabeba (Abby) Yigzaw (301) 851-4096Lyndsay Cole (970) 494-7410USDA Proposes to Allow Importation of Beef from Specific Brazilian StatesWASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2013--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animaland Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend its regulations to allow, undercertain conditions, the importation of fresh beef from specific Brazilian states. Earlier in the week,the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, andFood Supply (MAPA) issued a joint statement affirming their mutual commitment to science-basedrulemaking and announcing both countries agreed to a path forward to address rules that currentlylimit bilateral beef trade.The proposed regulation changes would allow the importation of chilled or frozen beefwhile continuing to protect the United States from an introduction of foot-and-mouth disease(FMD).Based on a risk assessment and series of site visits, APHIS concluded that Brazil has theveterinary infrastructure in place to detect and effectively eradicate an FMD outbreak if necessary.And, imported beef would be subject to regulations that would mitigate the risk of FMDintroduction, including movement restrictions, inspections, removal of potentially affected parts anda maturation process. Prior to actual importation of beef from these Brazilian states, USDA’s FoodSafety and Inspection Service must also determine Brazil as eligible to export fresh/frozen beefproducts after a final regulation by APHIS has been published.FMD is a highly contagious viral disease of cloven-hoofed animals that is only rarelytransmitted to humans. APHIS has a strong system in place for detecting and responding tooutbreaks of foreign animal diseases, including FMD, and places restrictions on affected regions toprotect against the introduction of diseases of concern. All imported meat and meat products mustfollow USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service regulations for food safety and labeling.This action is expected to be published in the December 23, 2013 Federal Register.Consideration will be given to comments received on or before February 21, 2013. Youmay submit comments by either of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go towww.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2009-0017-0001. Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0017,Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at atwww.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2009-0017 or in our reading room, which islocated in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Ave., SW.,Washington, DC, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Tofacilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.#Note to Reporters: USDA news releases, program announcements and media advisories areavailable on the Internet and through Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. Go to the APHISnews release page at www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom and click on the RSS feed link.USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write:USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call(800) 795-327 or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

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