FACT SHEET: The United States and Brazil – A Mature and Multi-Faceted Partnership

From: The White House

Today President Barack Obama hosted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the White House.  Their meeting underscored the long-standing and increasingly diverse partnership between the United States and Brazil, which is rooted in a shared commitment to expand inclusive economic growth and prosperity; promote international peace and security and respect for human rights; strengthen bilateral defense and security cooperation; and deepen our people-to-people ties through exchanges in education, energy, health, science and technology, and innovation.  The visit highlighted our cooperation in the following areas:

Expanding Economic Growth and Prosperity

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  • Mutual Beef Market Access: 

    The United States and Brazil are two of the world’s largest agricultural producers and exporters, and we agreed to expand bilateral beef trade by undertaking science-based risk rulemaking in 2013.  The United States of Department of Agriculture is amending its regulations to allow the importation of fresh beef from Brazil under specific conditions that mitigate the risk of foot-and-mouth disease.  Additionally, the United States and Brazil are working to ensure that any Brazilian meat imported into the United States for human consumption complies with U.S. public health and food safety regulations.  Brazil is taking action to expand U.S. beef access in the near future.

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