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From: TSS ()
Date: July 14, 2005 at 10:05 am PST

27. Indonesia
[retroactive to] 12/24/03
Effective June 30, 2005, all live ruminants and ruminant products and byproducts (including those previously allowed entry) are prohibited entry. Import permits issued on or before June 30, 2005 will be honored for the following commodities provided they arrive in Indonesia NLT August 31, 2005: boneless meat and byproducts (liver and lungs); meat meal and meat-and-bone meal (MBM); and ova.

*On May 31, 2004, Indonesia announced it will now allow the importation of certain bovine products including beef meat, livers, hearts, and feet; and the low risk commodities of semen and embryos. Other low risk commodities, such as milk and milk products and hides and skins continue to be enterable.

JPN wants data on 2nd US BSE cow

Japan panel wants more data on U.S. mad cow case

Thu Jul 14, 2005

By Aya Takada

TOKYO, July 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Food Safety Commission said on Thursday its panel on mad cow disease wants more data on a second American case of the brain-wasting disease so it can make a risk assessment on U.S. beef.

The panel, which met on Thursday for the third time since Japan's government asked the commission in May to approve a resumption of U.S. beef imports, has started reviewing U.S. safeguards to determine if they meet Japanese standards.

But a lack of data from the United States prevented it from making much progress in the three-hour meeting.

"Without data, we cannot move forward," Kazuya Yamanouchi, one of the panel's 12 members, said at the meeting.

Last month the United States confirmed the second American case of mad cow disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), in a beef cow born 12 years ago and raised in Texas, the nation's largest cattle state.

It was the first U.S.-born animal infected with the disease.

The previous confirmed U.S. case of BSE was found in December 2003 in a Washington state dairy cow imported from Canada.

Japan, along with other beef-importing countries, imposed a ban on U.S. beef following the first discovery of BSE.

Before the ban, Japan was the top importer of American beef, with imports valued at $1.4 billion in 2003.

Last October Japan agreed with the United States to resume imports of beef from American cattle aged 20 months or younger, which are considered to be at low risk from BSE.

But Tokyo has insisted that shipments cannot resume until the Food Safety Commission declares that U.S. beef is safe to eat.

U.S. lawmakers have expressed growing frustration with Japan's slowness in reopening its market, and some have proposed that Washington consider trade sanctions.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns warned that the patience of Congress was "running out" when he met Japanese Agriculture Minister Yoshinobu Shimamura in China on Wednesday.

At Thursday's meeting, some members of the BSE panel also questioned the reliability of U.S. mad cow testing, and the effectiveness of its BSE surveillance.

Panel member Kiyotoshi Kaneko said the 12-year-old Texas beef cow was positive for BSE under the immunohistochemistry (IHC) test conducted last month by a British laboratory.

Last November the U.S. Agriculture Department said the beef cow did not have BSE based on the result of its IHC test. But last month it confirmed the cow was infected. "I cannot trust U.S. tests at all," he said.

Tetsuyuki Kitamoto, another panel member, said the current U.S. surveillance was insufficient to judge how severely American animals are infected with BSE.

The U.S. surveillance targets animals considered at high risk from BSE, and tests only 1 percent of all U.S. herds.

In Japan all slaughtered cattle have been tested for BSE since October 2001, and many of the positive cases were found in animals within what was considered a low-risk category.

Japan has so far confirmed 20 cases of BSE, of which nine animals showed no symptoms of any disease. Six of the remaining animals were sick, and the rest were dead.


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