KLA submitted comments this week in opposition to a proposed rule that would allow imports of fresh beef from certain regions in Brazil. KLA joined NCBA and many other state affiliates of NCBA in recommending USDA withdraw the proposed rule.

The KLA comments highlighted concerns with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Risk Analysis used to support the proposed rule. This analysis includes estimates of the losses due to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) being introduced into the U.S. APHIS used outdated export data and 30-year old research to determine loss estimates.

“We believe the APHIS Risk Analysis significantly understates the costs of an FMD outbreak in the U.S. KLA strongly encourages a more rigorous and thorough economic analysis be completed before the proposed rule moves forward,” KLA President Jeff Sternberger wrote as part of the formal comments.

KLA’s comments also expressed concerns with Brazil’s ability to control animal movement and implement mitigation steps essential to prevent Brazilian beef imports from introducing FMD into the U.S.

KLA also submitted comments on an analysis of the risks of importing FMD from the Patagonia region of Argentina. The comments raised similar questions about the risks associated with Argentinian imports.

Source: KLA