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Food safety concerns can create additional export challenges

The U.S. Meat Export Federation says Colombia has been the only international trading partner to implement trade restrictions as Influenza A continues to spread in dairy cattle. 

CEO Dan Halstrom says “Colombia has put restrictions in for the nine states with positive cases.”

He says other trading partners trust the food safety standards in the United States. USMEF Chairman Randy Spronk says food safety concerns can create additional challenges for exports, because when markets close it takes time for them to reopen.

“There’s a lot of efforts happening to be truthful and forthright working with government agencies and officials to get the truth out there to consumers. There’s concerns about the food safety part of it here, but some of the information and data is we have no concerns.”

Highly pathogenic avian influenza, Influenza A and other animal health issues were discussed at the USMEF Spring Meeting in Kansas City this week.

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