No sign other countries will ban US beef-USDA’s Johanns
WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – There are no signs other countries are considering closing their borders to U.S. beef following the discovery of forbidden spinal material in veal sent to Japan, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Wednesday.
“We haven’t had an indication from any country yet that they would follow the action of Japan,” Johanns told reporters.
Tokyo suspended trade five days ago after its inspectors found the material in a shipment of U.S. veal. Japan requires removal from all U.S. beef the brains, spinal columns and other nervous tissue most at risk of carrying the infective agent for mad cow disease. The United States says the materials pose no threat in the younger animals used in trade with Japan.