Can the Latest Japanese Beef Ban Strengthen Trade?
KFAB-TV, Lincoln, NE
The latest ban by Japan on U-S- beef imports could ultimately strengthen trade, according to Nebraska officials.
Nebraska Cattlemen President Pete McClymont says the fear that progress made with Japan has been lost did come with Friday’s announcement. However, he believes the incident could strengthen trade because it brought attention to a weak spot. Japan halted imports of American beef because a recent shipment contained spinal material prohibited under agreement with the U-S-. The country had only reopened its borders to American beef nearly six weeks ago following a two-year ban prompted by mad cow concerns.