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US regulations, where is your meat from?

June 23, 2019 - 9:58 pm

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Now that Game of Thrones is over, nothing says mediaeval punishment quite like the fate that befell a couple in Mongolia who died of the bubonic plague last month after eating raw rodent.

Not my cup of grog. The fact is most people don’t know exactly where their food came from before it landed on their plate, and you may be surprised to learn that about 9% of all beef consumed in the U.S. is imported from other countries.

So, how do you know if it’s safe to eat? The U.S. strictly regulates the importation of food, which Customs and Border Protection enforce at ports of entry. 

The importation, selling, and consumption of some meats including gorillas, chimps, antelopes, and elephants are banned. 

Fresh beef from Brazil was banned in 2017, but this spring the Secretary of Agriculture announced it will audit Brazil’s inspection methods to determine if it can lift the ban this year.

But remember that even once meat gets to the US, the safety measures you undertake when you prepare it are also important to keep you and your guests’ safe at your feasts.

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