|May 21, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: The odds looks
good that the U.S.- Japan beef row may be ending soon.
Officials from both camps seem optimistic that a compromise
will be reached and trade will return to normal by the
end of the summer.
Chikao Kawai, chief economy official at the Japanese
embassy in the US, said he is confident of the two sides
reaching an agreement amicably and quickly, reported
Japan banned imports of US beef back in December following
the detection of a case of BSE in a cow in Washington
state. It has refused to lift its ban, insisting the
US introduces 100% testing for BSE.
This week the two countries held the first of a series
of bilateral meetings on the BSE issue in Tokyo.
The US Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary
for farm and foreign agriculture services, J.B. Penn,
said he is confident an agreement would be reached soon,
and said US exports to Japan could resume by the end
of the summer.