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From: TSS ()
Subject: USA BRIBES JAPAN TO CHANGE BSE POLICY (a trade off of sorts)
Date: March 18, 2005 at 2:05 pm PST

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Subject: USA BRIBES JAPAN TO CHANGE BSE POLICY (a trade off of sorts)
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 16:08:09 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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Rice Will Endorse Japan
For U.N. Security Council

Associated Press
March 18, 2005 1:04 p.m.

TOKYO -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will endorse Japanese
membership in the United Nations Security Council on Friday, and put
pressure on the Japanese to end a boycott of U.S. beef imports, Bush
administration officials said.

Permanent membership in the powerful U.N. Security Council is a
long-standing Japanese goal. Ms. Rice's endorsement is the first time
the U.S. has backed Japan's request, a senior administration official said.

Two officials described details of Ms. Rice's speech to Japanese
academics and others only on condition of anonymity. They said Ms. Rice
will tell the Japanese that the beef ban flouts scientific agreement on
beef safety. The Japanese ban, in response to the discovery of a case of
mad cow in the U.S. , has become the most visible blemish on what has
otherwise been an increasingly tight relationship between Tokyo and

Tensions have grown in recent weeks with growing U.S. calls for quick
action to resume the imports. Before the ban, Japan was American beef's
most lucrative overseas market. Japan currently tests all domestic cows
for mad-cow disease -- also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy,
or BSE -- but a government panel has recommended that the requirement be
loosened to exclude cows 20 months old or younger.

Ms. Rice's speech as Tokyo's Sophia University also will focus on wider
goals in Asia, including the spread of democracy and an end to North
Korea's nuclear weapons program.


> Permanent membership in the powerful U.N. Security Council is a
> long-standing Japanese goal. Ms. Rice's endorsement is the first time
> the U.S. has backed Japan's request, a senior administration official
> said.

Bribery, NOW that is what i call scientific ...TSS

US Official Urges Japan To Resume Beef Imports Soon-Kyodo

March 18, 2005 11:16 a.m.

TOKYO -- A senior U.S. official accompanying Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice on her trip to Japan on Friday urged Japan to resume
its beef imports from the U.S. soon, Kyodo News reported.

The time has come for Japan to lift its 15-month-old ban on imports of
U.S. beef, said the official, who asked not to be named.

Rice and Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura are slated to meet
Saturday in Tokyo in an effort to break the impasse over the beef import
ban. Japan imposed it in December 2003 after the U.S. discovered its
first and so far only case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform

Washington has been urging Japan to specify a timetable for reopening
its markets to U.S. beef.

The U.S. official said Japan should abide by global standards based on
science, saying Japan shouldn't set exceptions to the standards that
would endanger free trade.

The Japanese government is waiting for the outcome of ongoing
deliberations by the independent Food Safety Commission on whether it is
scientifically acceptable to exclude cattle aged up to 20 months from
the current blanket testing of all slaughtered cattle for BSE .

If the panel agrees to the exclusion of younger cattle from testing, the
government would ask it to approve the resumption of imports of U.S.
beef from cattle aged up to 20 months.

Japan introduced the blanket testing requirement in October 2001, a
month after the first case of mad cow disease in Japan was discovered.

GW's et al BSE MRR policy will do nothing more than spread
different strains of TSEs globally, and eradication will be a thought
of the past. WE must abide by the BSE GBR risk assessments
and the science they were based on, not the political trade science
GW et al wants to use NOW that N. America has documented
BSE. WE MUST test all animals for human/animal consumption
for TSE. ...TSS

Hosoda Fed Up With US Pressures For Beef Imports - Kyodo

March 18, 2005 12:07 a.m.

TOKYO -- Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda indicated
Friday that Japan is fed up with the repeated U.S. pressure on it to
lift its 15-month-old ban on American beef imports, Kyodo News reported.

"We are aware of political moves on the U.S. side but the United States
has also been banning imports of Japanese beef due to BSE in Japan for
more than three years," the top government spokesman told a press
conference. "It is not that easy to make progress on the issue of food
safety in this way."

Hosoda reiterated that Japan has no plans to set a timetable for
resuming beef imports despite mounting U.S. political pressure ahead of
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to Japan on Friday and
Saturday, Kyodo reported.

Japan began testing all slaughtered cattle for mad cow disease, or
bovine spongiform encephalopathy, after finding its first case in
September 2001. It has tested all slaughtered animals for the disease
since then.

It also stopped importing U.S. beef after a case was found there in
December 2003.

But the two countries reached a compromise deal in October when Japan
backed off from its earlier demand that the United States implement the
same blanket testing for all cattle bound for Japan.

Kyodo reported that Japan's Food Safety Commission is studying whether
to exclude cows aged 20 months or younger from the blanket testing.

On Thursday in Washington, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns urged
Japan to set a time frame as some senators submitted a resolution for
immediate sanctions following a similar measure by the House of
Representatives earlier this month.

I hope Japan stands fast and does not give in to these bribes
and pressure.

ALL Japan has to do is read the recent GAO report and
past history of lies by USDA/APHIS et al ;

3. Mad Cow Disease: FDA's Management of the Feed Ban Has Improved,
but Oversight Weaknesses Continue to Limit Program Effectiveness.
GAO-05-101, Feb. 25.
Highlights -

What GAO Found
United States Government Accountability Office
Why GAO Did This Study
Accountability Integrity Reliability
To view the full product, including the scope
and methodology, click on the link above.
For more information, contact Robert A.
Robinson at (202) 512-3841 or
Highlights of GAO-05-101, a report to
congressional requesters
February 2005
FDAs Management of the Feed Ban Has
Improved, but Oversight Weaknesses
Continue to Limit Program Effectiveness
FDA has made needed improvements to its management and oversight of the
feed-ban rule in response to GAOs 2002 report, but program weaknesses
continue to limit the effectiveness of the ban and place U.S. cattle at
risk of
spreading BSE. Improvements made include FDA establishing a uniform
method of conducting compliance inspections and training FDA inspectors,
as well as state inspectors who carry out inspections under agreements with
FDA, on the new method. FDA also implemented new data-entry procedures
that are designed to more reliably track feed-ban inspection results.
Consequently, FDA has a better management tool for overseeing compliance
with the feed-ban rule and a data system that better conforms to standard
database management practices. However, various program weaknesses
continue to undermine the nations firewall against BSE. For example:
" FDA acknowledges that there are more feed manufacturers and
transporters, on-farm mixers, and other feed industry businesses that are
subject to the feed ban than the approximately 14,800 firms inspected to
date; however, it has no uniform approach for identifying additional
" FDA has not reinspected approximately 2,800, or about 19 percent, of
those businesses, in 5 or more years; several hundred are potentially
high risk. FDA does not know whether those businesses now use
prohibited material in their feed.
" FDAs feed-ban inspection guidance does not include instructions to
routinely sample cattle feed to test for potentially prohibited material as
part of the compliance inspection. Instead, it includes guidance for
inspectors to visually examine facilities and equipment and review
invoices and other documents.
" Feed intended for export is not required to carry a caution label Do not
feed to cattle or other ruminants, when the label would be required if
the feed were sold domestically. Without that statement, feed containing
prohibited material could be inadvertently or intentionally diverted back
to U.S. cattle or given to foreign cattle.
" FDA has not always alerted USDA and states when it learned that cattle
may have been given feed that contained prohibited material. This lapse
has been occurring even though FDAs guidance calls for such
" Although research suggests that cattle can get BSE from ingesting even a
small amount of infected material, inspectors do not routinely inspect or
review cleanout procedures for vehicles used to haul cattle feed.
More than 5 million cattle across
Europe have been killed to stop the
spread of bovine spongiform
encephalopathy (BSE), commonly
called mad cow disease. Found in
26 countries, including Canada and
the United States, BSE is believed
to spread through animal feed that
contains protein from BSE-infected
animals. Consuming meat from
infected cattle has also been linked
to the deaths of about 150 people
worldwide. In 1997, the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) issued
a feed-ban rule prohibiting certain
animal protein (prohibited
material) in feed for cattle and
other ruminant animals. FDA and
38 states inspect firms in the feed
industry to enforce this critical
firewall against BSE. In 2002, GAO
reported a number of weaknesses
in FDAs enforcement of the feed
ban and recommended corrective
actions. This report looks at FDAs
efforts since 2002 to ensure
industry compliance with the feed
ban and protect U.S. cattle.
What GAO Recommends
GAO recommends FDA, among
other things, develop procedures
for finding additional firms subject
to the feed-ban and using tests to
augment inspections. FDA said the
study was thorough but disagreed
on four of nine recommendations.
GAO continues to believe that,
given the discovery of BSE in North
America and the oversight gaps
described in the report, the
recommended actions are needed
to protect U.S. cattle from BSE.

Docket No, 04-047-l Regulatory Identification No. (RIN) 091O-AF46 NEW
BSE SAFEGUARDS (comment submission)


Docket No. 2003N-0312 Animal Feed Safety System [TSS SUBMISSION]

Docket Management Docket: 02N-0273 - Substances Prohibited From Use in

Animal Food or Feed; Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed

Comment Number: EC -10

Accepted - Volume 2



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