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Educational Outreach to Foreign Governments on Science-based Trade

Resolution #2013-5-3

SUBMITTED BY: Exporter Committee


DATE: May 24, 2013


TITLE: Educational Outreach to Foreign Governments on Science-based Trade


WHEREAS, The U.S. meat safety system is built on a foundation of science and risk management; and


WHEREAS, The global trading rules for agriculture and food products, including pork, beef and lamb, require standards to be based on scientific risk assessments; and


WHEREAS, The standards and regulatory requirements of a growing list of countries rely on a precautionary philosophy that attempts to eliminate rather than manage risk and substitutes the perception of risk for science-based risk assessments,


THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That USMEF should partner with the U.S. government and other meat industry associations, packers, processors and technology companies to stop the use of non-science-based standards and the precautionary regulatory philosophy behind them through a dedicated education campaign directed at public health and policy officials in leading export markets for pork, beef and lamb.