News today of the development of a framework for reestablishing beef trade between the United States and Japan is very encouraging.
It is our view that the
U.S. response to a single case of bovine
spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been
extraordinary. International experts
recognize that measures in place in the United
States prior to the diagnosis of the first case
of BSE exceeded international standards. New
measures implemented to strengthen our BSE
firewalls make our system even more robust. We
are confident that our herds are healthy and
our beef is safe.
We have long
believed that as our trading partners came to
appreciate the full scope of our preventive and
control measures and our surveillance system,
we would see movement to resume trade.
U.S. officials are to be commended for
their sustained efforts to reestablish trade
between the United States and Japan.
American Meat Institute Says Progress in U.S.-Japan Beef Trade Talks Is EncouragingSaturday, April 24, 2004
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