The following statement should be attributed to AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle:
“We deeply regret
the incident that has prompted Japan to suspend
all U.S. beef imports. We are confident in
U.S. beef safety and are committed to providing
any assurances needed to restore exports.
It is our understanding that a small
shipment of veal from calves that were under 6
months of age was shipped. The product was
inspected and passed by USDA as safe, but
contained bones prohibited by the Japanese.
This product is consumed with confidence here
in the U.S. It is important to note that BSE
has never been detected in an animal this
Despite this shipment, sent in
error, the facts are indisputable: U.S. beef
and veal remain among the safest in the world.
Experts say that the U.S.' proactive,
preventive BSE firewalls have made the level of
BSE in the U.S. so low it can scarcely be
We understand that USDA
will revalidate all plant export programs in a
committed effort to show Japan that we take our
promise to them seriously. We will cooperate
fully with USDA and look forward to restoration
of beef trade with Japan.
incident points to the need for uniform, global
export standards to prevent the sort of trade
disruptions that this error has caused."
American Meat Institute Statement on Trade Disruption With JapanFriday, January 20, 2006
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