Lamb Market Access

Resolution #2012-11-1

SUBMITTED BY: Exporter Committee

DATE: Nov. 9, 2012

TITLE: Lamb Market Access

WHEREAS, The U.S. Sheep industry is a safe, reliable and quality supplier of lamb products; and

WHEREAS, USMEF market intelligence indicates that there is demand for U.S. lamb due to its superior quality and global protein needs. In addition, market access provides an incentive to exporters to position lamb muscle cuts and offal in their product mix, growing trade revenue; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Sheep industry faces market access restrictions due to the presence of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) scrapie; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Sheep industry has implemented a scrapie eradication program that meets the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) requirements and standards for scrapie; and

WHEREAS, Scrapie is not considered a zoonotic disease; therefore, edible products exported from scrapie-infected countries, regions or zones should not be restricted,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the U.S. government should include U.S. lamb market access as a priority and negotiate market-opening agreements for U.S. lamb in targeted countries.