The United States and Japan have agreed on two important first steps in our
effort to expand U.S. beef trade with Japan. I have approved Japan’s request to
conduct additional audits of U.S. beef processing plants. I have invited Japan
to begin the audits as soon as arrangements can be made. This is part of Japan’s
verification that our process will provide them with safe beef products. In
response, once the verification process is complete, Japan will discontinue its
requirement of inspecting 100 percent of the boxes of beef shipped from U.S.
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