Sandbag: "You're on record as stating the US consumers would not stand for us giving Japan special treatment - yet that is exactly was is happening now. You were quite vocal a few months ago, I was wondering if you could give us an update?"
I'm on record stating that if we cave to political pressure to test cattle under 24 months of age for Japan WITHOUT JUSTIFICATION, then U.S. consumers would have those same expectations of the U.S.
Japan only allowing the sale of cattle under 21 months is hardly "special treatment". Japan is setting those rules, not the U.S. We either abide by them or we don't send them any cattle. That is hardly comparable to unjustified, deceptive, expensive testing that would not reveal BSE prions in cattle under 24 months anyway.
What's your suggestion SANDBAG? Not ship any cattle to Japan since we cannot send them cattle between 21 and 24 months of age? How stupid can anyone be?
It never ceases to amaze me what kind of a worthless argument you can pull out of your pointed hat.