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U.S., Japan Begin BSE Tech Talks

posted on May 14, 2004

The United States and Japan will begin a series of technical working group meetings next week in an effort to break the beef trade deadlock between the two countries. The first meetings will be held in Tokyo May 18-19 with subsequent meetings set for June and July.

Among other things, the working group will be setting:

--The definition of BSE, or Mad Cow disease, and methods of testing.

--The definition of Specified Risk Materials and the method for removal.

Japan, the top importer of U.S. beef prior to last December's discovery of Mad Cow in the States, has insisted on 100 percent testing for BSE on all meat from imported cattle. U.S. officials say such wholesale testing is unnecessary.

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