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From: TSS (216-119-138-180.ipset18.wt.net)
Subject: Re: Japan finds possible mad cow case in 20-month-old bull could impede efforts to end a ban on U.S. beef imports
Date: December 1, 2004 at 9:35 am PST

In Reply to: Japan finds possible mad cow case in 20-month-old bull could impede efforts to end a ban on U.S. beef imports posted by TSS on November 30, 2004 at 9:46 am:


JPN - bull likely free of BSE

Japan Local Govt Official: 20-Mo Bull Likely Free Of BSE


DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
December 1, 2004 2:28 a.m.

TOKYO -- A 20-month-old Japanese bull previously suspected of having mad-cow

disease may not be infected with the brain-wasting disease after all, a local

government official said Wednesday.

Though the results of second-stage screening tests on the bull aren't available yet, "so far, the consensus seems to be that the test result is unlikely to be positive," the official of the told Dow Jones Newswires.

"What I've heard so far is that (the bull) hasn't shown any positive results."

Japan's central government is expected to publicize the test results as soon as they become available, the official said.

In October, Japan and the U.S. reached a compromise agreement to partially resume imports of U.S. beef to Japan as early as next spring.

The two countries agreed to restart imports of U.S. beef from animals aged up to 20 months. They will review these conditions next July. U.S. negotiators say the 20-month limit is a tentative line and should be raised to the internationally accepted level of 30 months after the review.

-By Takashi Nakamichi, Dow Jones Newswires

wsj.com

TSS




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