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What Is Driving U.S. Concerns About Paraguayan Beef?

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate disapproved of the White House’s decision to allow beef imports from Paraguay. Beef industry workers in Paraguay are pictured. // File Photo: Agencia de Información Paraguaya.

The U.S. Senate in March approved a resolution disapproving of a decision by the Biden administration to allow imports of beef from Paraguay. The disapproval, introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), raises concerns about instances of foot-and-mouth disease among cattle in the South American country. What are the main motivations behind the Senate’s action, and where will it lead? How safe is beef from Paraguay, and should it be allowed into the United States? How does this development affect broader trade relations between the United States and Paraguay?

José Antonio Dos Santos Bedoya, Paraguay’s ambassador to the United States: “The agricultural relationship between Paraguay and the United States is characterized by robust collaboration in biotechnology, trade facilitation and sustainable agriculture. This cooperation not only stands for improving the trade conditions but also ensures it is environmentally friendly and focuses on innovation. Paraguay’s participation in the Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate initiative further underscores its commitment to sustainable agriculture. In biotechnology, the United States cooperates with Paraguay to develop and implement cutting-edge agricultural technologies. This is a joint effort of several Paraguayan institutions, such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the National University of Asunción, and others. These efforts help increase crop yields, improve plants’ resistance to diseases and pests, and …”

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