Senator Mike Johanns Remains Unhappy With the Japanese and Their Unwillingness to Accept More US BeefThu, 06 May 2010 6:20:49 CDT
The Japanese are dragging their feet and have no justification for keeping out US beef from animals older than 21 months of age. That continues to be the contention of the current US Senator from Nebraska, Mike Johanns, who was the US Secretary of Agriculture under President George W Bush.
Senator Johanns spoke to members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in Washington on Wednesday- and he says that the Japanese need to start working under the international guidelines established by the OIE, which indicate that US beef coming from cattle of any age is safe from problems with BSE- as long as you remove the specified risk materials.
The Senator seemed to offer current USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack a way to push the Japanese to a favorable solution. He suggested that Secretary Vilsack let his counterpart in Japan know that while he is sympathetic to their situation, that he was unsure how much longer he could "hold Congress back" over the lack of progress in getting more access into the Japanese market for US beef producers.
Johanns is our guest on today's Beef Buzz- check out his thoughts on dealing with the Japanese when it comes to US beef.
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