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Uruguay receives USDA accreditation for meat products exported to the U.S.

August 26, 2004

A Service Agreement was signed today in the Uruguayan Embassy in Washington D.C. between the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America (USDA), the Uruguayan Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries and the National Beef Institute (INAC) by which Uruguay is authorized to export and market Natural Certificate beef, with the accreditation of the USDA Process Verified Program.

This tool signed today, allows Uruguay to enter with their beef products to the American market, certificated by the USDA, indicating in the label of the product and in the boxes, the essential attributes of our meats:

· without hormones
· without antibiotics
· not animal origin proteins used
· with grass-fed animals
· with traceability
· adequate management of the animals

This important agreement positions Uruguay as the only one country in the world that has a program with the accreditation of the USDA Process Verified. Fourteen companies in the US have this same accreditation.

The list of programs can be found in the following website: http://processverified.usda.gov/

Moreover, from now this tool allows Uruguay to differentiate even more and with a certification their beef to the importers and to the final consumers of the United States and other countries of the world.

It will also allow Uruguay to easily access buyers and supermarkets chains that sell exclusively organic and natural products.

This agreement was subscribed from the USDA-AMS by Barry L. Carpenter, Director of the Livestock and Seed Program, and from Uruguay by the President of INAC, Eng. Roberto Vázquez Platero.

The ceremony was also attended by authorities of the USDA, Randall Jones Associate Deputy Administrator Livestock & Seed Program, Jim Riva, Corey Gilbert and Justin Ransom, the Ambassador of Uruguay to the U.S., Lic. Hugo Fernández Faingold, the Director of Technical Services of INAC, Ing. Agr. Guillermo Pigurina and the Minister Counselor of the Uruguayan Embassy in Washington D.C., Ricardo Nario.

 

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