NARA outlined how discussions between the Office of the US Trade Representative with Mexican trade officials during the USMCA negotiations resulted in Mexico agreeing to allow imports of bovine MBM after years of delay.
The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) was also key in this respect, said NARA. APHIS held extensive technical discussions with Mexican officials that led to that market reopening to US bovine MBM.
NARA also worked with local Mexican associations and government authorities, advocating that granting access to US bovine meat and bone meal products would result in reduced feed costs for Mexican poultry, swine, and pet food producers.
The US renderers organization said bovine MBM imports are safe from markets like the US where there is negligible risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The agreement struck with Mexico contains strong sanitary-phytosanitary provisions that adhere to international scientific guidelines, such as those of the OIE and other science-based worldwide official organizations, stressed NARA.
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