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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: Japan to reimpose ban on all US beef imports
Date: January 23, 2006 at 10:09 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Japan to reimpose ban on all US beef imports posted by TSS on January 23, 2006 at 9:33 am:

BSE PREVENTION - JAPAN (02): US BEEF BAN
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International Society for Infectious Diseases

Date: 24 Jan 2006
From: Hikaru Fukuda


I would like to inform you of your misunderstanding concerning the ban on
US beef by Japan.

There is no misunderstanding between the Japanese and US governments
regarding the maximum age for importing cattle. There is only a difference
of opinion between Japan and the US regarding the definition of specified
risk materials (SRMs).

The USDA defines SRMs as: (1) the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia,
spinal cord, vertebral column, and dorsal root ganglia (DRG) of cattle 30
months of age and older, and (2) the tonsils and distal ileum of all cattle.

However, the government of Japan defines SRMs as: (1) the brain, skull,
eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column, dorsal root
ganglia (DRG), the tonsils and distal ileum of all cattle.

Although Americans eat SRMs of cattle younger than 30 months, Japanese
people never eat them.

The US has already agreed with the Japanese government that they accept the
Japanese definition of SRMs, and the US promises not to export SRMs (as
defined by Japan) to Japan.

--
Hikaru Fukuda
Food Safety Commission, Japan

[We appreciate Hikaru Fukuda's clarification of this situation. - Mod.TG]

[see also:
BSE prevention - Japan: US beef ban 20060122.0209]
...........tg/msp/dk


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