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Date: July 16, 2005 at 11:53 am PST

US Ag Sec warns JPN on beef

Johanns warns Japan of Congress losing patience over beef issue

July 16, 2005

(Kyodo) _ U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns warned Japan on Friday that Congress may lose patience and step up retaliatory pressure after its August recess if Tokyo fails to lift its 19-month-old import ban on American beef.

Johanns told reporters that he conveyed the warning to Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshinobu Shimamura during their talks Wednesday on the sidelines of a World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Dalian, China.

"What I explained to the Japanese minister was...that from my vantage point it appeared to me that they (lawmakers) were very, very busy between now and the August recess but after they return from the August recess attention may again turn to whether beef is moving into the Japanese marketplace," Johanns said.

"If it is not, there's a point at which Congress does lose patience," he said. "And at that point I would be very, very worried that a course of action would be taken that none of us want."

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have yet to begin deliberation toward voting a retaliatory resolution submitted earlier this year.

The measure urges U.S. trade negotiators to immediately slap economic sanctions against Japan for failing to implement an agreement reached with the United States last October to resume imports of U.S. beef from animals aged up to 20 months.

"My hope is that we can expeditiously move through the remainder of the Japanese process and resume trade in beef with Japan," Johanns said.

Japan was the largest importer of U.S. beef before it imposed the ban in December 2003 when the United States discovered its first case of mad cow disease.

During the Dalian talks, Shimamura maintained the Japanese government's position that it needs to wait for an approval by the independent Food Safety Commission.

The panel is expected to approve a plan to reopen its market to American beef as early as this summer when the government eases its current blanket testing of all cattle slaughtered in Japan to exclude animals aged up to 20 months.

But opposition persists in Japan, mainly among consumer groups criticizing the government for caving in to U.S. pressure on food safety matters, while the United States confirmed its second case of mad cow disease last month, which was traced to a U.S. born animal for the first time.

The 1993 case involved a dairy cow imported from Canada and raised in the state of Washington.

July 15, 2005, 10:59PM

Japan scrutinizes U.S. mad cow screening
Associated Press

TOKYO - Japanese food safety regulators were questioning the safety of U.S. beef after a Ministry of Agriculture study showed nearly half of the 20 mad cow cases found in Japan would have passed unnoticed under U.S. testing methods, officials said Friday.

Scientists on a Food Safety Commission panel have called for more details on a second case of confirmed mad cow disease in the United States, a move that could delay a decision to resume American beef imports expected in late August, officials said.

The ministry report, submitted to the panel Thursday, showed that nine of the 20 cows found to have mad cow disease in Japan would have been sent to market because they looked healthy according to U.S. testing methods.

The result prompted concern among the panel, ministry spokesman Hiroyuki Kamakawa said. He said they want to assess the extent of mad cow infections in the U.S. to calculate the risk of excluding healthy-looking cows from testing. Japan tests all cows before slaughter while the U.S. only tests those that display signs of the disease.

Last month, Washington confirmed that a 12-year-old cow born in Texas had tested positive for mad cow disease. It was the country's second case of the brain-wasting disease found in cattle, but the first in a U.S.-born cow. The first case was traced to a dairy cow imported from Canada.

Canadian ranchers were elated by news on Friday that their cattle will begin moving across the U.S. border again, but they said it will take years to recoup the billions of dollars lost to the scare over mad cow disease.

Washington banned the import of Canadian cattle in May 2003 after a cow from Alberta was found to have the disease, which can be fatal in humans.

The embargo between the world's largest trading partners has devastated ranching communities and provoked cries of protectionism.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would reopen the border within days to Canadian cattle younger than 30 months old after a U.S. federal appeals court Thursday overturned the ban on cows.

seems if Japan does not loose some of it's mad cows and stop documented them, USDA Johanns et al are going to retaliate through some sort of economic sanctions, does not matter that under the BSE surveillance of Japan that they would have picked up mad cows the USA are missing and have been missing for years. well, not really mission, here in Texas we send the most suspect mad cows straight to be rendered with no test at all, and the others, well, we keep them under raps for 8 months and lie about it. nope, what USDA Johann et al wants is to expose the people of Japan to the USA/North American and Mexico mad cow agent, and they could vary with all the TSEs here. can you believe this$ commodities and futures...


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