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Rule could to allow imports of beef from Argentina

BISMARCK -- A government agency has proposed a rule that would allow beef to be imported from Argentina, despite concerns over contamination due to foot-and-mouth disease.

BISMARCK - A government agency has proposed a rule that would allow beef to be imported from Argentina, despite concerns over contamination due to foot-and-mouth disease.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer voiced concerns about the regulation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service in a statement issued Friday.
“Allowing beef imports from the Patagonia region of Argentina would risk the spread of an extremely contagious livesotck disease,” said Cramer, R-N.D. “My concerns about this rule echo those of cattle rancher across North Dakota who want to protect the health and safety of their herds.”
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association has also voiced its opposition to the proposal, citing concerns about “the incomplete and undocumented site reviews USDA conducted to prepare this information and the lack of a quantitative analysis of the data,” according to the release.
Cramer asked for an extension on the comment period on the rule that would allow beef to be imported from 14 states in Brazil.
The public can submit comment on the rule until Oct. 28. To comment, visit http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0032 .

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