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From: TSS (216-119-129-72.ipset9.wt.net)
Subject: Re: BEEF TO JAPAN -- DEVIL IN THE DETAILS
Date: October 27, 2004 at 7:26 pm PST

In Reply to: BEEF TO JAPAN -- DEVIL IN THE DETAILS posted by TSS on October 26, 2004 at 10:02 am:

6 out of 10 surveyed would shun U.S. beef
The Asahi Shimbun

More than six out of 10 consumers said they would still avoid U.S. beef when imports are resumed, according to an Asahi Shimbun survey.

U.S. beef imports were suspended in December 2003 following confirmation of the country's first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.

Last week, Japanese and U.S. negotiators agreed to waive mandatory BSE testing on cattle 20 months of age or younger, paving the way for the resumption of U.S. beef imports. A Foreign Ministry official has indicated the imports will resume by next July.

The weekend survey found that 63 percent of the 1,832 who gave valid responses do not want to eat U.S. beef, compared with 28 percent who said they do.

Women in particular were wary of American beef: 76 percent said they don't want to eat it, while 16 percent said they do. Among men, 48 percent don't want it, compared with 41 percent who do.

Twenty-six percent of the respondents supported the government's decision to lift the ban, yet only 67 percent of them said they would eat U.S. beef. Sixty-three percent opposed lifting the ban.

Japan has agreed to exclude cattle younger than 21 months from mandatory BSE tests. But the government nevertheless will likely continue subsidizing local authorities that continue blanket testing.

Forty-three percent supported the government's plan, while 40 percent did not.

The young cattle were excluded from testing because of the difficulty of detecting BSE in them. Even in infected cattle at such a young age, the amount of abnormal prions-an indicator of BSE infection-is too small to detect.
The U.S. beef import ban has led many restaurant chains to stop serving gyudon beef bowl meals and other beef dishes.(IHT/Asahi: October 28,2004) (10/28)


http://www.asahi.com/
TSS



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