Bush Plans Visit to Japan

New Japanese report states that U.S. cows were exposed to a higher risk of BSE in the 1980s and 1990s than their Japanese counterparts.

Published on: Sep 14, 2005

Reports indicated President Bush is tentatively scheduled to meet with recently reelected Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi late fall. "Trade representatives from the United States and Japan have accelerated talks about reopening the Japanese market to beef imports ahead of the proposed visit, with an eye toward announcing an agreement while Bush is in Japan," the Meatingplace.com Web site states.

The mid-November trip may also coincide with a Bush visit to China and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in South Korea Nov. 18 and 19th.

Japan's Food Safety Commission released a draft report this week characterizes the U.S. at a higher level of risk than Japan, but it is unknown for sure how it will impact ongoing talks. That report stated that U.S. cows were exposed to a higher risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the 1980s and 1990s than their Japanese counterparts, the result of insufficient feed control in the United States. According to the report, the extent of feed contamination in those decades was as much as 10 times higher as that of Japan.

"That report stated that U.S. cows were exposed to a higher risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the 1980s and 1990s than their Japanese counterparts, the result of insufficient feed control in the United States," Meatingplace.com says. "According to the report, the extent of feed contamination in those decades was as much as 10 times higher as that of Japan."