We are amending the regulations governing the importation of certain animals,
meat, and other animal products by allowing, under certain conditions, the importation of fresh
(chilled or frozen) beef from a region in Brazil (the States of Bahia, Distrito Federal, Espírito
Santo, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio
de Janeiro, Rondônia, São Paulo, Sergipe, and Tocantins). Based on the evidence in a recent risk
assessment, we have determined that fresh (chilled or frozen) beef can be safely imported from
those Brazilian States provided certain conditions are met. This action provides for the
importation of beef from the designated region in Brazil into the United States while continuing
to protect the United States against the introduction of foot-and-mouth disease.
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