APHIS works to protect the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources. APHIS International Services (IS) supports this mission in an international environment by: (1) collaborating with foreign partners to control pests and diseases before they can harm the U.S.; (2) facilitating safe agricultural trade; (3) ensuring effective and efficient management of internationally-based programs; and (4) investing in international capacity-building with foreign counterparts to build technical and regulatory skills that prevent the spread of damaging pests and diseases.
Aug. 1, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reached agreement with Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply to allow access for U.S. beef and beef products to the Brazilian market for the first time since 2003. Brazil's action reflects the United States' negligible risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and aligns Brazil's regulations to the OIE's scientific international animal health guidelines.
On July 8, 2016, Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) announced the conclusion of their review of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs’ (MAFRA) June lifting of the HPAI ban on the United States. APHIS continues to work with MAFRA to come to agreement on a regionalization protocol that will allow U.S. industry to continue shipping when a HPAI detection occurs.
On July 12-14, 2016, APHIS International Services along with APHIS Veterinary Services met with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) in Tokyo, Japan. U.S. issues discussed included live cattle, chicken meat powder and porcine meat powder for pet food, bovine semen, bovine embryos, and horses. Japan issues included recognition of Japan’s status for a variety of diseases including avian influenza and classical swine fever.
On June 28, 2016, Saudi Arabia lifted BSE-related restrictions allowing imports of U.S. beef meat and products. This action ends a four-year ban due to an atypical case of BSE in the United States in 2012. Saudi Arabia will allow imports of beef and beef products from U.S. cattle less than 30 months of age, with access expanded for products from U.S. cattle under 48 months after a phase-in period. Prior to Saudi Arabia's ban in 2011, the United States exported over $31 million of U.S. beef and beef products.