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From: TSS (216-119-143-142.ipset23.wt.net)
Subject: Japan turns just lukewarm on U.S. beef - Fears of mad cow have kept ban in place for a year
Date: December 26, 2004 at 8:17 am PST

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Subject: Japan turns just lukewarm on U.S. beef - Fears of mad cow have kept ban in place for a year
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004 09:49:05 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Dec. 24, 2004, 9:09PM


Japan turns just lukewarm on U.S. beef


Fears of mad cow have kept ban in place for a year

By NATALIE OBIKO PEARSON
Associated Press

TOKYO - Japan marked a one-year ban Friday on U.S. beef imports over mad
cow fears with little indication of repealing the measure, which has
closed a billion-dollar market to American beef producers and ravaged
Japanese restaurateurs.


Japan shut out U.S. beef imports last December after the discovery of
the first U.S. case of the mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform
encephalopathy, a brain-wasting illness that can be fatal to humans who
eat contaminated beef.

The ban blocked American beef exporters from what was once their most
lucrative overseas market with sales exceeding $1.7 billion in 2003.

It also pummeled the local food industry, which depended on cheap,
plentiful U.S. beef imports. Nationwide chains serving "gyudon"
beef-bowls, a lunchtime favorite, were forced to take the dish off their
menus, causing a public outcry.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was noncommittal Friday when asked
about when trade might resume.

"Experts are considering it," he said. "Food safety is important. We
will handle this issue with such a view."

Japan checks all domestically bred cows entering the food chain and
initially demanded that the United States adopt similar blanket testing.
Washington had resisted, dismissing such testing as costly and
unreliable in detecting infections among young cows.

Amid high-stakes negotiations, the two sides struck a deal in October to
resume limited imports of American beef into Japan. Officials said
products from cows younger than 21 months old would resume within weeks,
while imports of products from older animals could resume after July 2005.

But those plans have been delayed by a dispute over how to determine the
age of cattle, and local media reports have predicted the ban is likely
to stay in place until at least the spring.

With public concern about mad cow disease still prevalent, Japan has
also yet to relax its own domestic inspection system for young cattle.

Total domestic losses over the past year stemming from the ban are
estimated at $2.64 billion, said the UFJ Institute, a private research
institute.

Of that, the food service industry was hit the hardest with losses of
$1.24 billion, said Masahiko Ariji from the institute's Research and
Development department.

Meanwhile, many Japanese consumers appear wary about seeing American
beef back on their plates.

A Kyodo News poll earlier this month found that almost three-quarters of
Japanese would be unwilling to eat U.S. beef even if imports are
restarted. Almost two-thirds also opposed Japan relaxing its
blanket-testing regime for younger cows.

Ariji warned that, while Australian and Chinese beef imports have tried
to fill the gap, they do not fulfill the same niche as U.S. beef, and a
long-term ban could turn the Japanese off beef altogether.

Even those who have benefited from the ban say they would welcome the
re-entry of American beef.

"There are sections of the market that require U.S. beef, so Australia
does support the return of U.S. beef," said Australia's regional meat &
livestock manager in Japan, Samantha Jamieson.

Talks between U.S. and Japanese officials are set to resume in January.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/2963001

Merry Christmas, from a SNOWY Bacliff, Texas :-)

TSS


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