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From: TSS ()
Subject: TECHNICAL EXPERTS TRAVEL TO JAPAN AND KOREA TO FACILITATE RESUMPTION OF U.S. BEEF EXPORTS
Date: April 18, 2005 at 1:07 pm PST

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Subject: TECHNICAL EXPERTS TRAVEL TO JAPAN AND KOREA TO FACILITATE RESUMPTION OF U.S. BEEF EXPORTS
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 15:10:04 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTS.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Full story link: http://www.usda.gov/2005/04/0130.xml

Release No. 0130.05

Ed Loyd (202) 720-4623

TECHNICAL EXPERTS TRAVEL TO JAPAN AND KOREA TO FACILITATE RESUMPTION OF U.S. BEEF EXPORTS

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2005 -Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that a team of experts on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) will travel to South Korea and Japan as part of the continuing efforts to resume U.S. beef and beef product exports.

"We look forward to these opportunities in South Korea and Japan to further demonstrate the safety of U.S. beef and that our system complies with international science-based guidelines for trade," said Johanns.

The delegation, led by Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Charles Lambert, will review how U.S. BSE prevention programs ensure the safety of U.S. beef. In addition, members of the delegation will encourage both governments to adopt import regulations that are in closer compliance with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines.

The team will first travel to South Korea April 19-22 for technical discussions with government officials and informational sessions with local media. From April 25-27, the team will be in Japan for technical discussions and sessions with consumers, scientists, government and business representatives.

Following the delegation's travel to South Korea and Japan, both countries are expected to send technical teams to the United States to review beef production and processing systems as a further step toward resuming imports of U.S. beef.

In 2003, the United States exported approximately $1.4 billion and $815 million of beef and beef products (including variety meats) to Japan and South Korea respectively. Together these markets represented 57 percent of total U.S. exports by value. To date, approximately $2.5 billion of U.S. beef and beef product exports to all destinations are still banned, with Japan and South Korea accounting for 87 percent of the export value. Over 60 countries import from the United States.

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>The delegation, led by Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Charles Lambert,
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another USDA TSE expert that knows nothing about
human animal TSE science.

nothing like changing BSE standards, just because
you can. wonder if Japan and Korea plan on relaxing
there mad cow downer ban?


>In addition, members of the delegation will encourage both governments to adopt import regulations that are in closer compliance with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines.
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OIE BSE guidelines??? r i g h t! most everyone that went
by those already very weak BSE guidelines, most all became
BSE postive countries. SO, why don't we just weaken them
even more$

OIE should hang up their jock strap if they are going
to buckle every time this or that country wants to twist
facts and make polictical hay. if they aren't going to be
science based they should just dissolve their organization.

AT this rate Japan would be justified in declining to be a
member.


WHAT does the Japanese consumer think ?


Monday April 18, 2:07 PM


Consumers oppose proposed int'l standard on beef safety

(Kyodo) _ Consumers on Monday voiced opposition to a draft proposal by
an international body to ease restrictions on the beef trade related to
mad cow disease.

The proposal by the World Organization for Animal Health has no
scientific foundation, consumers said at a hearing on mad cow disease
jointly held by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The Paris-based organization, known as the OIE, has proposed, among
others, allowing countries to unconditionally import boneless beef as
long as brains, spinal cords and other specified risk materials --
regarded as posing the risk of the brain-wasting disease -- are removed
from the carcasses. The OIE hopes to have the proposal adopted at its
general assembly to be held in Paris from May 22.

The joint hearing to exchange views on the proposed new standards was
attended by some 90 people representing consumer groups, retailers,
restaurants and other concerns.

Consumer group representatives point out that a causative agent of the
disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, was
detected even in peripheral nerves and that it is impossible to remove
specified risk materials completely.

But representatives of the restaurant industry supported the OIE
proposal, saying that the safety of beef can be assured by thoroughly
removing specified risk materials.

Based on opinions voiced at the hearing, the government will announce
its stance on the OIE proposal possibly in mid-May, government officials
said.

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TSS

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