Canada's BSE Risk Upgrade Could Benefit U.S. Beef Industry
Travis Arp, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior director of export services, explains that some key export destinations such as South Korea and Taiwan restrict imports of U.S. beef cuts derived from cattle imported from Canada. These restrictions are incorporated into export verification programs, which add administrative costs and segregation procedures for U.S. processors and exporters.
Arp notes that Canada's move to negligible risk creates an opportunity for the U.S. government to revisit these policies with trading partners that maintain import restrictions related to cattle of Canadian origin. In addition to South Korea and Taiwan, Singapore and Ecuador are also in this category. Arp adds that the U.S. could also revisit market access in Australia, which is closed to most U.S. beef products.