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JPN town mtg’s on US beef



Japan to start town meetings on resumption of U.S. beef imports

THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS

November 14, 2005



Japan's food commission planned Monday to hold the first in a series of public meetings on the safety of U.S. beef, part of a process that could lead to a resumption of imports of American beef products by the end of this year.



The meetings will focus on a report, approved by a Food Safety Commission panel on Nov. 2, that found little difference in the risk of infection from mad cow disease between U.S. and Japanese beef.



Japan banned imports of U.S. beef in December 2003 after the discovery of mad cow disease in Washington state. Prior to the ban, Japan was the largest overseas market for U.S. beef, and Washington has been pushing for a quick resumption of imports.



The seven public meetings at locations around the country are a way that citizens can make their views known, commission spokesman Setsuo Ohtsu said.



"Scientifically, our panel found the risk from U.S. beef to be the same, but we need to explain the report and hear what the public has to say," Ohtsu said.



Japanese have been wary of American beef, with recent polls showing that nearly 70 percent opposed lifting the ban.



Japan has tested every domestic cow since its first case of mad cow disease in 2002, and initially demanded that the United States do the same. Japan has found 20 domestic cases of the disease so far.



U.S. authorities, however, balked at the cost of testing the huge American herd and argued that it was not scientifically necessary. Japan and the U.S. now have a basic agreement for Japan to resume imports of cows under 21 months, which will not have to be tested because mad cow disease has never been found in cows that young.



At the public meetings, a representative from the mad cow disease panel will be on hand to explain its findings, Ohtsu said. Food safety experts and representatives from the import, restaurant, and livestock industries will then have a chance to discuss the report, with the floor open to questions and comments from members of the audience.



The Food Safety Commission has also been accepting comments on the report through its Internet site. Approximately 250 messages were received during the week of Nov. 7-11, Ohtsu said.



The period of public comment lasts until Nov. 29. The commission will then collate the comments it received for the health and agriculture ministries, which will then make a recommendation to the government about whether to lift Japan's ban.



Eating beef from cattle infected with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, can cause a fatal brain disorder in humans. (AP)





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Public worries voiced over U.S. beef at meeting


Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 07:16 JST
SAPPORO — Consumers expressed concerns Monday over the government's move toward resuming imports of North American beef, saying it is uncertain if import conditions will be met properly.

At a public meeting in Sapporo hosted by the government-appointed Food Safety Commission, many consumers and cattle producers were concerned about the appropriate removal of the brain and other parts believed highly likely to be infected with mad cow disease. The panel decided last month to collect public opinion on a report drafted by its research group from Monday in seven cities across the country, including Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka and Sendai.
 

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"Japanese have been wary of American beef, with recent polls showing that nearly 70 percent opposed lifting the ban."

The story forgot to include that the same number of restaurants said they would have it on their menus if it were available.

At the risk of getting hell here, :lol: If the Japanese follow the lead of the usda, I don't see a problem. Everything would be marked inspected by JDA and their people wouldn't know where it was from anyway. :shock: :wink:
 

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fedup2 said:
"Japanese have been wary of American beef, with recent polls showing that nearly 70 percent opposed lifting the ban."

The story forgot to include that the same number of restaurants said they would have it on their menus if it were available.

At the risk of getting hell here, :lol: If the Japanese follow the lead of the usda, I don't see a problem. Everything would be marked inspected by JDA and their people wouldn't know where it was from anyway. :shock: :wink:


Sixty precent of retailers and restaurants will resume using U.S beef as imports begin - the other survey. Don't worry, consumers will buy U.S. beef.
 

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My thought is that they(MOST) won't BUY US beef without a BSE test.About like buying a bag of rattlesnakes,just reach in and see what kind you get.
 

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