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What You Should Know About Imported Beef

What You Should Know About Imported Beef

Hello Readers,

There is a debate going on right now. Do you know what I am talking about? 
NO! Not Hillary or Trump debate. (By the way, can we vote yet? 🙂

The debate that I am talking about today, is about BEEF.

Yep, you see it in the news. You see it on social media. 
You hear about it on the radio. You hear it on the television.
I heard it today when I was in town. 

Is imported beef as safe as U.S. beef? Is it also antibiotic-free? And just how can we be so sure?

I did some research. (Thanks for the help Terrynand Brandi)
This is what you should know.
All beef (domestic or imported) are inspected by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). This is to ensure ALL products are safe, wholesome and have accurately been labeled.
To be imported into the United States, all beef products must come ONLY from certified countries – no exceptions. USDA

All countries and establishments have to become eligible to export. FSIS

All imported products must meet USDA labeling requirements. After those labels are filed with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and have met all the requirements of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), all beef products must be inspected by FSIS at an official import establishment

When beef arrives at the ports, it must be inspected by a FSIS import inspector before it is allowed into our country. The inspector gives it a look at the appearance and condition. The beef is checked for certification and label compliance and inspected by the Automated Import Information System (AIIS). The AIIS assigns other types of inspections including product testing, microbial and chemical analysis.
Yes. To export to the U.S., the country that the beef is coming from must have a residue control program in place with standards equal to that of the U.S. These programs must sample random animals at slaughter, use only approved sampling and analytical methods, test appropriate tissues for specific compounds, and test for compounds identified by the USDA or the country of origin. 
It doesn’t matter if the beef you eat comes from a local farmer or rancher, the neighborhood grocery store, a chain food store, or from across the seas, you can be sure of this – it is a safe, wholesome and nutritious choice for your family’s table.  


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