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The Wall Street Journal: USDA suspends Brazilian fresh-beef imports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended imports of fresh beef from Brazil, citing recurring safety concerns.

The USDA’s move came after Brazil earlier Thursday suspended beef exports from five slaughterhouses to the U.S., after a foot-and-mouth disease vaccine potentially caused abscesses in some cattle, according to the national meat-exporting group Abiec.

“Although international trade is an important part of what we do at USDA, and Brazil has long been one of our partners, my first priority is to protect American consumers,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, announcing the suspension Thursday afternoon. The USDA said the block on Brazilian beef would remain in place until Brazil’s agricultural ministry “takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.

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