|August 27, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: U.S. beef will continue to be unwelcome
in Japan at least through the end of the year, U.S. meat industry
The Japanese border will remain closed to U.S. beef imports as
the two countries continue to debate acceptable levels of BSE testing.
While the US believes its current testing rate is sufficient, Japan
is calling for the US to introduce testing of 100% of its slaughtered
cattle before any US beef can be sold in Japan.
"As I heard yesterday, there is not going to be any change
in the Japanese (beef) markets now until after the first of the
year," Larry Pope, president and chief operating officer of
US meat processor Smithfield Foods, was quoted by Reuters as saying.
Once the main destination for US beef exports, Japan closed its
borders to US beef in December following the discovery of a case
of BSE, or mad cow disease, in Washington State.