Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Japan Agrees to Expand Beef Imports

The last few years have been tough for beef exports from the United States. But yesterday Japan took the first steps to reopening their markets to American beef.

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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