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Saudi lifts ban on Brazilian beef exports

Staff writer |
A ban on importing beef to Saudi Arabia that has been in force for almost three years is coming to a close, following the two countries signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).

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Saudi Arabia’s 2012 ban on Brazilian beef imports was imposed after a report that an animal with symptoms of mad cow disease had died in the Brazilian state of Paraná in 2010. The animal in question was proven to not have developed that condition.

The initiative was commemorated by Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture Kátia Abreu, who represented the interests of Brazil in Saudi Arabia as well as the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA).

She noted that this trade agreement could lead to Saudi Arabia importing approximately $150 million worth of beef per year, though this is a conservative estimate because in 2012, the last year that Brazil shipped beef to the Arab nation, sales amounted to $156 million.

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