|July 8, 2003,
just-food.com: US President George W. Bush has
promised Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien the US
is in full support of a quick resolution to its self-imposed
ban on Canadian beef.
It is reported Bush gave his commitment to a sift solution
after Chretien call the President to discuss the ban
that has been in place since May when a singe case of
mad cow disease was discovered.
"President Bush clearly said - and said many times
- that it was his wish to find a rapid solution to this
and that he's asking his officials to find an early
resolution to this problem," Chretien spokeswoman
Frederique Tsai was quoted by Reuters as saying.
With many other trading partners also imposing bans
on Canadian beef following the discovery of the lone
BSE case, the Canadian cattle industry estimates it
lost more than C$550m (US$405.2m) in the first month
of the ban.
Tsai said Chretien had not raised the subject of a
Canadian ban on US beef imports in retaliation.
The US is under pressure from Japan, which wants guarantees
that US beef shipments do not include Canadian beef.
Meanwhile, Yoshiaki Watanabe, Japan’s vice minister
of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, had said it
would be some time before Japan resumes imports of beef
from Canada, reported Xinhua News Agency.
He added that Canada should adopt strict measures,
including wider inspections of cattle, similar to those
measures taken by Japan to combat its own BSE crisis.