Daily Archives: January 21, 2006

Musgrave threatens retaliation if Japan bans beef over mad cow

Musgrave threatens retaliation if Japan bans beef over mad cow
posted by: Dan Werner Web producer
Created: 1/21/2006 9:31 AM MST –
Updated: 1/21/2006 9:32 AM MST

DENVER (AP) – U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave on Friday threatened to push for retaliatory trade sanctions if Japan reimposes an embargo on U.S. beef imports after a shipment containing bones made its way to that country.


US exporter says ‘honest mistake’ caused new Japan beef ban

US exporter says ‘honest mistake’ caused new Japan beef ban

NEW YORK, Jan 20, 2006 (AFP) – The company responsible for triggering a new and costly ban on US beef exports to Japan said Friday it had been guilty only of an “honest mistake”. “We sincerely regret that we shipped product not approved for export to Japan,” the New York-based Atlantic Veal and Lamb said in a statement. The Japanese government announced Friday that banned spinal material had been found in a consignment of US beef at Tokyo airport, resulting in a new ban on US beef imports just a month after the prohibition was lifted. The US government said there was no risk to human health from consumption of the vertebral material, provided it was taken from cattle aged less than 30 months. But it accepted that the cargo flouted Japanese standards, and announced a slew of measures designed to assure Tokyo that US beef is safe, including a ban on Atlantic Veal and Lamb exporting to Japan. “Were this product shipped to San Francisco, there would be no question about its safety. We are absolutely confident that the product is safe,” the company insisted. The veal exported to Japan came from calves aged less than four-and-a-half months, it estimated. “However, we regret that there was a misinterpretation of the export requirements and an honest mistake involving a very small amount of product that has led to this degree of concern.” Atlantic Veal and Lamb said it would “cooperate fully” with the US Department of Agriculture to ensure it complies with inspection regulations and can resume exporting to Japan. Japan had banned US beef in December 2003 after the brain-wasting cattle disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy was found in a US herd. After months of intense US pressure, Tokyo agreed to resume US beef imports last month provided they came from US cattle no more than 20 months old from which risky body parts, such as the spine, had been removed.

Japanese stores pull American beef, raise suspicion over U.S. safety standards

Japanese stores pull American beef, raise suspicion over U.S. safety standards
By Associated Press
Saturday, January 21, 2006 – Updated: 10:37 AM EST
From The Boston Hearld

TOKYO – Japanese stores pulled U.S. beef products from their shelves amid renewed fears of mad cow disease on Saturday, a day after the government said a recent shipment from New York contained cattle parts that are a disease risk.

Japan announced Friday it would hold all American beef at ports until the U.S. delivers a report on how prohibited cattle backbone got into a shipment from Atlantic Veal & Lamb Inc. The measure came two weeks after Tokyo lifted a two-year ban on U.S. beef imports.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns promised Saturday to deliver the report “immediately.” He sent inspectors to Japan and ordered unannounced checks at U.S. plants, calling the problem “an unacceptable failure” to meet Japan’s requirements.

Kyodo News agency reported that Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe will lodge a formal protest with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick on Monday. Zoellick was scheduled to arrive in Japan on Saturday for talks on a range of political and economic issues.

Japanese businesses responded quickly to the suspension of U.S. beef.

Yoshinoya D&C Co., which runs a popular beef-and-rice chain, announced Saturday it had postponed plans to reintroduce U.S. beef at its 1,016 restaurants across the country, citing “grave problems with U.S. compliance standards.” The company stopped using U.S. beef in February 2004.