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From: TSS (216-119-143-165.ipset23.wt.net)
Subject: JPN favors CAN over US beef (U.S. data on beef production vary according to farms)
Date: December 7, 2004 at 9:03 am PST

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Subject: JPN favors CAN over US beef (U.S. data on beef production vary according to farms)
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 09:55:59 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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JPN favors CAN over US beef

U.S. data on beef production vary according to farms

Tuesday December 7, 9:21 PM

(Kyodo) _ A mission sent by the Japanese government to analyze measures
to prevent mad cow disease in North America presented a report Tuesday
indicating the need to substantially limit beef imports from the United
States even when Japan removes a ban on them, government officials said.

Data on slaughtered cows were found to vary greatly from farm to farm in
the United States, they said.

The mission visited farms and other cow-related facilities in Alberta,
Canada, and the U.S. state of Kansas from Nov. 29 until Friday in order
to gather data to help the government decide whether to remove an import
ban on beef from the United States and Canada imposed after the
discovery of mad cow disease in the two countries.

Planning to allow imports of beef only from cows slaughtered when they
were 20 months old or younger, the government requires accurate data on
the age of cows as a condition for lifting the ban.

The mission found that Canada has a nationwide system to trace each cow
while the accuracy and storage of data on beef production in the United
States vary greatly in accordance with farms in the absence of a uniform
recording system.

Based on the mission report, a farm ministry official said that while
resumption of full-scale beef imports from Canada is highly likely if
necessary conditions are met, imports of American beef will be
substantially limited even when the ban is removed unless accurate
production data become available.

The mission consisted of officials from the Foreign Ministry, the
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the Ministry of Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries, and the Cabinet Office's Food Safety Commission.

asia.news.yahoo.com

TSS

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