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Rounds attempts to stop beef imports from Paraguay


Rounds attempts to stop beef imports from Paraguay

Feb 27, 2024 | 11:20 am ET
By Searchlight staff
Rounds attempts to stop beef imports from Paraguay
Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Sept. 28, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. Senators Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, and Jon Tester, D-Montana, said Tuesday that they have filed a Congressional Review Act resolution that would overturn the Biden administration’s recent decision to lift a ban on beef imports from Paraguay.

Congress can use CRA resolutions to overturn final rules issued by federal agencies by a simple majority vote.

Rounds said in a news release that the move is necessary to protect the safety of the beef supply. He said Paraguay has a history of struggles with foot and mouth disease.

“Consumers across America should be able to confidently feed their families beef that they know has met the rigorous standards required in the United States,” Rounds said.

Rounds and Tester said their resolution is supported by the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation, South Dakota Farmers Union, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, United States Cattlemen’s Association, R-CALF USA, Livestock Marketing Association and National Farmers Union.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final rule allowing the imports says that after a risk analysis, the department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service “concluded that fresh beef can be imported safely from Paraguay under certain conditions.”

Those conditions include verifying that foot and mouth disease has not been diagnosed in the exporting region in the past 12 months, the meat comes from premises where the disease has not been present during the lifetime of any of the animals, and the animals were inspected before and after death.