First Uruguay citrus, then Uruguay sheepmeat, and now the USDA has authorized the import and sale of sealed cuts of high quality Uruguay beef in the United States.
The good news was received last week in Washington by the Uruguay Minister of Cattle, Agriculture and Fish (MGAP) Tabare Aguerre. In a phone interview with El Observador’s Pedro Silva, Aguerre confirmed his meeting last Friday with Edward Avalos, the USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.
Aguerre says the USDA approved the import and sale of vacuum packed Uruguay beef cuts. He emphasized the importance of Uruguay being positioned in the US with a high quality product that differentiates Uruguay as a country where quality control and 100% traceability is a model for emerging markets.
The new product will enter the US with the label “Uruguay Open Range Beef,” a seal of quality certifying the beef as 100% free of hormones, growth promotants and antibiotics. In addition to USDA certification, the sealed cuts will have their own QR codes allowing consumers to trace the origin of each cut of Uruguay beef
Date: September 22, 2014