2004: Japan continues to struggle to rid its
nation of mad cow disease as officials confirmed two new
positives over the past two weeks bringing the country's
total for cases to thirteen. These latest cases come as
U.S. and Japanese officials continue to debate the U.S.
BSE testing laws.
Japan the first country to confirm mad cow disease
outside of Europe is currently insisting all cattle
be tested for mad cow disease before the meat enters
the market place. U.S. officials argue that these stipulations
are unnecessarily cautious and are refusing to test
all cows. Both sides are working hard to reach a compromise
as the beef market is a lucrative one for both sides.