Japan confirms unlucky number thirteen

September 23, 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.

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