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Statement of the American Meat Institute on the Reopening of the Japanese Market

Thursday, July 27, 2006
 

(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."


For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
202-587-4243
dray@meatinstitute.org
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs
202-587-4245
jriley@meatinstitute.org

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