WASHINGTON, —  More than a decade of work has gone into attempting to get U.S. Beef into Brazil. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the hard work has finally paid off.

Consul General Ricardo Zuniga displays U.S. beef ready for Brazilian customers representing more than a decade of work

Consul General Ricardo Zuniga with U.S. beef recently brought into Brazil. Photo courtesy of USDA

According to a press release, the first shipment of fresh U.S. has arrived in Brazil. Brazil closed its doors to U.S. beef in 2003 over concerns of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, more commonly known as mad cow disease.

Since then, the USDA has worked continuously to regain market access. Brazil officially reopened the market on August 1, 2016 based on the information the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service provided.

Secretary Perdue stated, “With Brazil’s large market reopened to the United States, U.S. beef exports are poised for new growth. I look forward to Brazilians getting the opportunity to eat delicious American beef, because once they taste it, they’ll want more of it.”

This reopening has shown a promising long-term economic opportunity for U.S. beef