Brazil and U.S. farm officials to discuss beef shipments on Monday

SAO PAULO – Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday said it had confirmed a meeting between Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Monday to discuss Brazilian meat exports to the United States.

Maggi has been pressing for the meeting, announced in a note posted to the ministry’s website, since the United States blocked imports of fresh Brazilian beef in June due to what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) called a “system-wide problem” with Brazil’s inspections. Earlier on Wednesday, the USDA said it could not confirm a possible meeting.