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23 January 2006
View news from Japan Japan pushes U.S. for explanation on beef
JAPAN - Japan said on Monday it would not resume U.S. beef imports without an explanation of how banned spinal material, believed to carry a high risk of causing a human form of mad cow disease, came to be found in a shipment of U.S. meat last...
20 January 2006
View news from Japan Japan reinstates ban on U.S. beef
JAPAN - Japan's prime minister says his country has halted the import of U.S. beef after an animal spine was found in a beef shipment at Tokyo International Airport. "I just heard the news from the agricultural minister just now over the...
View news from Japan Japan finds BSE risk parts in US beef imports
JAPAN - Japan is considering stopping all imports of U.S. beef - just a month after lifting a ban on the meat - after finding risk materials that could cause mad cow disease in a shipment from New York on Friday. A total of 390 kg (860 lb) of...
13 December 2005
View news from Japan Japan ends two-year ban on US beef
JAPAN - US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns voiced satisfaction after Japan on Monday gave the final go-ahead to resume imports of some US beef after a two-year ban. "I'm very pleased to announce that the Japanese market is now open to...
07 December 2005
View news from Japan 75.2% of consumers unwilling to eat US beef, survey shows
JAPAN - With the Japanese government expected to remove its ban on beef imports from the United States early next week, 75.2% of surveyed consumers are unwilling to eat U.S. beef, according to a telephone survey released by Kyodo News on Tuesday....
View news from Japan U.S. beef imports to resume Monday
JAPAN - The government Monday will lift the two-year ban on U.S. beef imports despite consumers' doubts that U.S. measures can eliminate the risk of meat tainted by mad cow disease. Officials said once the decision is finalized Monday, importers...
30 November 2005
View news from Japan Japan Panel Ends Public Opinion Gathering On BSE
JAPAN - Japan's government-appointed Food Safety Commission Tuesday completed the process of gathering public feedback on the issue of whether to resume beef imports from the U.S. and Canada, Kyodo News reported. The Commission is due to deliver...
17 November 2005
View news from Japan Hearings Are Key to Resuming Imports of US Beef, Japan Says
JAPAN - Japan's agriculture minister Shoichi Nakagawa, said public hearings on U.S. beef safety are key to resuming imports. ``Public hearings, now under way, are the important final step to gain public trust in U.S. beef,'' Nakagawa said. Japan's...
13 October 2005
View news from Japan Japan likely to lift beef ban by year end
TOKYO – Japan’s imports of U.S. and Canadian beef are likely to resume before the end of the year, based on an analysis by the Expert Committee on Prions, a sub-group of the country’s Food Safety Commission (FSC), released at a meeting Oct. 4. Source:...
View news from Japan Japan likely to lift beef ban by year end
TOKYO - Japan's imports of U.S. and Canadian beef are likely to resume before the end of the year, based on an analysis by the Expert Committee on Prions, a sub-group of the country's Food Safety Commission (FSC), released at a meeting Oct. 4. Source:...
05 October 2005
View news from Japan Panel's BSE report supports lifting of ban on U.S., Canadian beef
JAPAN - Japan set in motion procedures to lift a ban on U.S. and Canadian beef imports after a study panel said young cattle from the two countries have a very low risk of mad cow disease infection. The panel of experts on the disease, set up...
View news from Japan Panel's BSE report supports lifting of ban on U.S., Canadian beef
JAPAN - Japan set in motion procedures to lift a ban on U.S. and Canadian beef imports after a study panel said young cattle from the two countries have a very low risk of mad cow disease infection. The panel of experts on the disease, set up by the...
14 September 2005
View news from Japan Minister rapped for comments on BSE testing
JAPAN - Farm minister Yoshinobu Shimamura has come under heavy fire from opposition and ruling party politicians for saying Japan's blanket testing of cattle for mad cow disease would be considered ``nonsense'' anywhere else. Shimamura was forced...
View news from Japan Minister rapped for comments on BSE testing
JAPAN - Farm minister Yoshinobu Shimamura has come under heavy fire from opposition and ruling party politicians for saying Japan's blanket testing of cattle for mad cow disease would be considered ``nonsense'' anywhere else. Shimamura was forced Thursday...
24 August 2005
View news from Japan Japan panel worried US feed rules may spread BSE
JAPAN - Members of an independent panel considering whether to allow U.S. beef to return to Japanese tables said on Wednesday they were worried that lax U.S. animal feed controls could allow mad cow disease to spread. The panel members, meeting for...
03 August 2005
View news from Japan Japan eases testing for mad cow disease
JAPAN - The government eased Japan's blanket testing of cattle for mad cow disease on Monday, a move that may pave the way for the resumption of US and Canadian beef imports. With the step, cattle slaughtered at 20 months of age or younger can be excluded...
01 August 2005
View news from Japan Japan ends blanket testing for mad-cow disease
JAPAN - Japan dropped its policy of testing all cattle for mad cow disease on Monday and will only require checks to be conducted on cattle that are 21 months or older. However, blanket testing will in effect continue in Japan as all local governments...
01 July 2005
View news from Japan Japan's PM comments on 2nd mad cow case
TOKYO - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Thursday a recent case of mad cow disease detected in a U.S.-born cow will not affect Japan's decision to resume beef imports from the United States. "I don't think there is any (impact on the decision),"...
View news from Japan Japan's PM comments on 2nd mad cow case
TOKYO - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Thursday a recent case of mad cow disease detected in a U.S.-born cow will not affect Japan's decision to resume beef imports from the United States. "I don't think there is any (impact on the decision),"...
15 June 2005
View news from Japan Possible mad cow case won't affect talks
JAPAN - Japan's negotiations with the United States aimed at restarting stalled imports of American beef won't be set back by a suspected second U.S. case of mad cow disease, a Japanese agriculture official said Tuesday. Source: businessweek.com...
View news from Japan Possible mad cow case won't affect talks
JAPAN - Japan's negotiations with the United States aimed at restarting stalled imports of American beef won't be set back by a suspected second U.S. case of mad cow disease, a Japanese agriculture official said Tuesday. Source: businessweek.com...
06 June 2005
View news from Japan Japan confirms 20th case of mad cow disease
JAPAN - Japan has confirmed its 20th case of mad cow disease in a Holstein from northern Japan, the government said Monday. Experts concluded that the 4-year, 9-month-old cow from Shikaoi town in northern Hokkaido prefecture (state) was infected with...
View news from Japan Japan confirms 20th case of mad cow disease
JAPAN - Japan has confirmed its 20th case of mad cow disease in a Holstein from northern Japan, the government said Monday. Experts concluded that the 4-year, 9-month-old cow from Shikaoi town in northern Hokkaido prefecture (state) was infected with...
02 June 2005
View news from Japan Japan confirms 19th case of mad cow disease
JAPAN - A nine-year-old Holstein cow in Hokkaido, north Japan, was diagnosed with the 19th case of mad cow disease in Japan, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday. The cow was born in the spring of 1996, which was around the...
View news from Japan Japan confirms 19th case of mad cow disease
JAPAN - A nine-year-old Holstein cow in Hokkaido, north Japan, was diagnosed with the 19th case of mad cow disease in Japan, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday. The cow was born in the spring of 1996, which was around the...
26 May 2005
View news from Japan OIE rules not tough enough on BSE? Prove it: adviser
JAPAN - Japan will need to provide sound scientific evidence if it plans to have stricter regulations to combat mad cow disease than the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), according to an honorary adviser to the international body. Source:...
13 May 2005
View news from Japan Japan Confirms 18th Case of BSE
JAPAN - Japan yesterday confirmed its 18th case of mad cow disease in an animal amid pressure from the United States to resume imports of its beef suspended over health fears. A panel of experts confirmed the 68-month-old female Holstein had had the...
10 May 2005
View news from Japan Prefectures to maintain blanket testing of cattle for mad cow disease
JAPAN - All 47 prefectural governments plan to continue blanket testing of cattle for mad cow disease even though the central government may ease the current testing system later this year, the health ministry said Monday. Source: Japan Times...
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