|March 8, 2004,
just-food.com: Fallout from the U.S. mad cow
has reached across the pacific, causing a 6% percent dip
in February Australian beef exports. Total exports fell
despite a 47% increase in exports to Japan, according
to a report from Meat and Livestock Australia.
Australian exports to Japan have been boosted by Japan’s
suspension of imports of beef from the US and Canada
due to BSE concerns but the closed markets have forced
U.S. beef to stay within the borders.
MLA said bans on imports of US beef had led to high
supplies of domestic beef on the US market, which in
turn led to a 24% decline in Australian beef exports
to the US in February. Exports of chilled beef fell
60% to 713 tons compared to February 2003, reported