Tuesday, January 24, 2006

...Aaaand We're Outa There

Yes, to no one's surprise, Japan has decided to halt further beef imports from the US. After thinking about it over the weekend, the Ministry of Agriculture decided that if they wanted beef spines they'd rather get them from home grown sources. And it's not like you can blame them. They asked for beef without spines and still, they got spines. I'd be pissed if I were them. CBS News has more information
Japan's top government spokesman will protest against the discovery of bone material in a shipment of U.S. beef when he meets soon with a U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, a news report said Saturday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe will lodge the protest with Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick on Monday, Kyodo News agency reported, citing Abe.

Zoellick was scheduled to arrive in Japan Saturday for talks on a range of political and economic issues.

Japan's discovery was a jarring setback for the U.S. meat industry and the Bush administration, both of which had been optimistic about the prospects of selling more beef in Asia despite lingering restrictions on U.S. products.

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