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American Meat Institute Says Progress in U.S.-Japan Beef Trade Talks Is Encouraging

Saturday, April 24, 2004

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.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
SVP, Public Affairs
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs

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