In another thread, a Chowhound wondered if the government standards for beef in Brazil are as stringent as ours - in the USA. The quote is "I'm assuming the standards in this country [USA] are higher."
Personally, I have no knowledge about government standards of beef. In the USA or otherwise.
The only thing I do know is that not everyone shares the same opinion of beef in the USA. I have worked with many people from all over the world within the international community here in DC, and on several occasions people have voiced their displeasure with beef in the USA. Mostly because it doesn't taste as natural as at home.
So I throw this question out to you: how stringent are our standards, and is it correct to assume that we have higher standards?