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Double standards in checking beef for brain-crippling bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease may confuse Japanese consumers.

The Japanese government decided this month to exempt cattle 20 months or younger slaughtered in the United States from BSE screening, while local governments intend to continue checking all slaughtered cattle.

"There will be a twisted form of imports of U.S.-produced beef without screening and continued screening of domestically produced beef. That only invites confusion among consumers," said Hiroko Mizuhara, secretary general of the Consumers' Union of Japan which has insisted on screening all slaughtered cattle.

While the state is going to ease screening regulations, it is going to bear all costs for local governments to continue checking cattle. "This is clear proof that there remains uncertainty in the government," Mizuhara said.

Japan began screening every cow from October 2001, a month after it found its first mad cow case in Shirai, Chiba Prefecture. The country stopped importing U.S. beef in December 2003 when a Canadian-born cow was found infected with BSE in the state of Washington.

But in October 2004, Prime Minister Shinichiro Koizumi's cabinet said it would lift the import ban on U.S. beef by exempting cattle 20 months or younger from BSE screening, while the Cabinet Office's Food Safety Commission endorsed the eased regulations on May 6.

Due to the first domestic BSE case, beef consumption has dropped some 40 percent. "If things stand at this rate, the beef industry might collapse," said a mid-ranking official at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Initially, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare planned to set the BSE screening target only for cattle 30 months or older with due consideration to standards in European countries but has changed its policy to screen all slaughtered cattle.

Ministry sources said the ministry had to change its mind as some Diet members well versed in agriculture bitterly reacted to its original policy, saying the people will panic if screened and unscreened meats are placed on the same counters. But such situation has become inevitable with the "double standards."

Shinichi Fukuoka, a professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, said, "The domestic situation does not warrant a wholesale review of the screening of every cow slaughtered. Continued screening is natural," indicating that infected meats are still shipped.

On the other hand, Takashi Onodera, a professor at the University of Tokyo and a member of the prion research committee of the Food Safety Commission, said, "The current check investigates the brain. As a pathogenic organism in the brain cannot be detected unless fully accumulated, the check is meaningless from a safety point of view."

As a reason for the continued screening of every cow, a Hokkaido prefectural government official said, "The reason is strong unrest among consumers," while a Kagoshima prefectural government official said, "There were strong calls among producers and consumers for removal of unrest."

The subsidy from the state to local governments for checking every cow slaughtered was a desperate measure to get approval from ruling parties. Lawmakers from Hokkaido and other agricultural areas had called on the government never to ease regulations in consideration of the United States.

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I believe the USA media will pick up on the "double standard" the USDA has offered the Japs also.

Shipping 20 months and younger beef to Japan will come back to haunt us.
Write it down.
 

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Mike said:
I believe the USA media will pick up on the "double standard" the USDA has offered the Japs also.

Shipping 20 months and younger beef to Japan will come back to haunt us.
Write it down.

When SH was trying to make excuses for the USDA banning Creekstone, he said that if the US consumers found out that we were providing something to the Japanese and not them, we would have trouble. He was pretty vocal when that "something" was Creekstone's idea, but strangely :wink: silent when that "something" was the USDA's idea. :lol: :lol:
 

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Double standards on beef confusing


Kyodo News

Double standards in checking beef for brain-crippling bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease may confuse Japanese consumers.

The Japanese government decided this month to exempt cattle 20 months or younger slaughtered in the United States from BSE screening, while local governments intend to continue checking all slaughtered cattle.

Respone... Without funding from the Japanese government local testing of all cattle will quickly pass. I believe the current funding is good for an additional 12 or 18 month period only. Beyond that period the local governments would have to absorb the cost of all testing. I am quite certain without the government subsidy the testing of all cattle will quickly cease.
 
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Sandhusker: "When SH was trying to make excuses for the USDA banning Creekstone, he said that if the US consumers found out that we were providing something to the Japanese and not them, we would have trouble. He was pretty vocal when that "something" was Creekstone's idea, but strangely silent when that "something" was the USDA's idea."

What fool's gold did you think you found this time?

Since when is Japan's import criteria USDA's idea?


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~SH~ said:
Sandhusker: "When SH was trying to make excuses for the USDA banning Creekstone, he said that if the US consumers found out that we were providing something to the Japanese and not them, we would have trouble. He was pretty vocal when that "something" was Creekstone's idea, but strangely silent when that "something" was the USDA's idea."

What fool's gold did you think you found this time?

Since when is Japan's import criteria USDA's idea?


~SH~

Does Japan's import criteria match our import criteria?
 
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Since when is Japan's import criteria "USDA's idea"?

Quit dancing Sandhusker!


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~SH~ said:
Since when is Japan's import criteria "USDA's idea"?

Quit dancing Sandhusker!


~SH~

Are you telling me it wasn't? Did they agree to 20 months and younger or not? Most importantly, do US consumers get the same deal?
 
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Sandhusker: "Are you telling me it wasn't? Did they agree to 20 months and younger or not? Most importantly, do US consumers get the same deal?"

If a bank customer accepts a higher interest rate, was that the customers idea because they accepted it?

That's how backwards your logic is!

Do U.S. consumers get the same deal? Yeh, they are getting cattle under 20 months of age without the U.S.D.A. conducting unnecessary BSE testing on them.


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SH squirming mightily, "Do U.S. consumers get the same deal? Yeh, they are getting cattle under 20 months of age without the U.S.D.A. conducting unnecessary BSE testing on them."

Do they get ONLY animals under 20 months like the USDA has agreed to?
 
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Sandhusker: "Do they get ONLY animals under 20 months like the USDA has agreed to?"

That remains to be seen.

The USDA did not set the 20 month standard, Japan did. Whether that age remains Japan's standard has yet to be determined.

Did you think you had a point this time?



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~SH~ said:
Sandhusker: "Do they get ONLY animals under 20 months like the USDA has agreed to?"
That remains to be seen.
The USDA did not set the 20 month standard, Japan did. Whether that age remains Japan's standard has yet to be determined.
Did you think you had a point this time?
~SH~

"That remains to be seen".

It has remained, and remained, and remained, and remained. I guess in the year 2010 when Japan is still not taking our beef you'll still be arguing the same old cliches.
 

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