(Attribute Statement to AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle)
“We welcome the restoration of
beef trade with Japan. We hope that this
partial reopening – consisting of a limited
number of approved plants and a highly
restrictive list of eligible product – is the
first step towards the scientifically justified
full resumption of beef trade with Japan.
Unfortunately for American beef producers
and processors, the vast majority of the U.S.
beef supply will remain ineligible for export
to Japan due to the age limit of 20 months or
younger on cattle.
U.S. beef is safe
regardless of the age of the animal. World
Organization for Animal Health guidelines
permit beef from cattle of all ages to be
traded provided appropriate risk mitigation
measures have been taken – and in the U.S.,
they absolutely have been implemented.
While this agreement represents a promising
first step, it falls far short of the full
market reopening that is clearly justified by
both the science and universally accepted
standards for international trade. We urge
Japan to accept the U.S. Government's
invitation to meet this fall to negotiate a
full resumption of beef trade. It’s time
that all nations embraced international animal
health guidelines so needless trade disruptions
like this one can be prevented."
Statement of the American Meat Institute on the Reopening of the Japanese MarketThursday, July 27, 2006
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