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31 May 2004
View news from Japan Brewery produces cow "immune to BSE"
TOKYO - Kirin Brewery, Japan's number-two beer maker, has succeeded in producing a cow that is immune to mad cow disease, but experts said it was too early for livestock producers to celebrate. Kirin officials said on Monday the company had produced...
21 May 2004
View news from Japan U.S., Japan plan more talks to resolve BSE deadlock
TOKYO - Japan and the United States boosted understanding of each other's methods of surveillance and control of mad cow disease, but made no fresh demands at working group talks, officials from both countries said on Wednesday. They were speaking after...
29 April 2004
View news from Japan Infected brains on menu for BSE tests
JAPAN - In an unappetizing experiment, health experts will feed cattle the brains of cows infected with mad cow disease to find an early detection method for the brain-wasting disease, officials said. The National Institute of Animal Health next month...
26 April 2004
View news from Japan Japan Still Wants U.S. Mad Cow Checks After Accord
TOKYO - Japan is sticking to its demand that the United States check all slaughtered cattle for mad cow disease following this weekend's agreement to work to solve the trade dispute, a senior farm ministry official said on Monday. Source: Reuters...
23 April 2004
View news from Japan Public told answer unlikely on infected-cow mystery
JAPAN - The public may never know whether the Yakima County Holstein infected with mad-cow disease was truly a "downer" cow, congressional investigators said yesterday. The revelation comes as U.S. Department of Agriculture officials meet with Japanese...
07 April 2004
View news from Japan Japan says ball in U.S. court on beef trade issue
TOKYO - Japan is waiting for the United States to make the next move to resume talks on normalising beef trade, deadlocked on Tokyo's demand that all cattle be tested for mad cow disease, the Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday. Source: Reuters...
16 March 2004
View news from Japan U.S. Pledge to Add BSE Tests Not Enough, Japan Says
JAPAN - Japan will retain its ban on U.S. beef imports because yesterday's offer to test more cattle for mad cow disease doesn't go far enough to ensure the meat is safe, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda. Source: Bloomberg...
15 March 2004
View news from Japan Japan May Not Insist U.S. Tests All Cattle for BSE
TOKYO - Japan will not insist the U.S. test all the cattle it slaughters before agreeing to restart beef imports if it can offer alternative steps that will ensure its meat is safe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda said. "We have asked the U.S....
10 March 2004
View news from Japan Testing of all cattle for BSE unscientific: U.S. exporter
TOKYO - Japan's request for testing all U.S. cattle for mad cow disease is unscientific, Philip Seng, president of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, said Tuesday. While Japan is the only member of the World Organization for Animal Health to test all...
09 March 2004
View news from Japan Japan confirms 11th mad cow case
TOKYO - Japan confirmed another case of mad cow disease on Tuesday, its 11th since the brain-wasting illness was discovered in the country in September 2001 and the second in about two weeks.      The Agriculture Ministry said...
View news from Japan Cow in Miyagi tests negative for BSE
TOKYO - A cow from a farm in Miyagi Prefecture, which was earlier suspected of being infected with mad cow disease, was confirmed Monday to be free of the brain-wasting disease, according to results of the latest test on the cow. Source: Japan Today...
08 March 2004
View news from Japan Dead cow tests positive for BSE in Hokkaido
JAPAN - The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Sunday a cow from a Hokkaido farm that was slaughtered Wednesday after injuring itself had tested positive for mad cow disease, becoming the 11th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy,...
27 February 2004
View news from Japan Japan Dissatisfied With U.S. BSE Test Expansion Plan
JAPAN - Japan isn't satisfied with a planned measure by the U.S. government to boost testing for mad cow disease as it does not meet Japanese demands for blanket testing of all cattle, Kyodo News reported, citing a top bureaucrat at the farm ministry....
View news from Japan Japan Dissatisfied With U.S. BSE Test Expansion Plan
JAPAN - Japan isn't satisfied with a planned measure by the U.S. government to boost testing for mad cow disease as it does not meet Japanese demands for blanket testing of all cattle, Kyodo News reported, citing a top bureaucrat at the farm ministry....
23 February 2004
View news from Japan 10th Japanese Mad Cow case confirmed
TOKYO - Japanese authorities yesterday confirmed the nation's 10th case of mad cow disease since the first was discovered in September 2001. The Health Ministry made the announcement a day after saying it suspected the nearly eight-year-old Holstein...
View news from Japan Kanagawa begins checks after discovery of 10th BSE case
JAPAN - Local livestock health and food safety officials on Monday inspected a farm in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, after it was announced Sunday that the farm had kept a cow that had mad cow disease, the 10th such case in Japan. Source: Japan Today...
View news from Japan 10th Japanese Mad Cow case confirmed
TOKYO - Japanese authorities yesterday confirmed the nation's 10th case of mad cow disease since the first was discovered in September 2001. The Health Ministry made the announcement a day after saying it suspected the nearly eight-year-old Holstein...
View news from Japan Kanagawa begins checks after discovery of 10th BSE case
JAPAN - Local livestock health and food safety officials on Monday inspected a farm in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, after it was announced Sunday that the farm had kept a cow that had mad cow disease, the 10th such case in Japan. Source: Japan Today...
21 February 2004
View news from Japan Japan finds 10th suspected case of mad cow disease
TOKYO - Japanese authorities have found a dairy cow suspected of being infected with mad cow disease - the first such discovery in more than three months, an official said Saturday.      If confirmed, the animal would be Japan's...
View news from Japan New mad cow case in Japan
JAPAN - There could be another case of mad cow disease in Japan, authorities there say. If the case is confirmed it will be the country’s tenth case so far.      Initial tests on a dairy cow came up positive. Then, a second...
View news from Japan Japan finds 10th suspected case of mad cow disease
TOKYO - Japanese authorities have found a dairy cow suspected of being infected with mad cow disease - the first such discovery in more than three months, an official said Saturday.      If confirmed, the animal would be Japan's...
View news from Japan New mad cow case in Japan
JAPAN - There could be another case of mad cow disease in Japan, authorities there say. If the case is confirmed it will be the country’s tenth case so far.      Initial tests on a dairy cow came up positive. Then, a second...
21 January 2004
View news from Japan Japan Bans Wholesale of Some U.S. Beef
JAPAN - The Japanese government has ordered meat wholesalers not to sell more than 800 tons of American T-bone steaks and other beef products considered at risk of carrying mad cow disease, health officials said Wednesday.      The...
View news from Japan Risky mad cow beef still being sold in Japan
JAPAN - About 780 tons of beef products containing cow backbones at risk of mad cow disease infection have been imported to Japan from the United States since January last year, officials have said.      The Ministry of Health,...
20 January 2004
View news from Japan Japanese team: U.S. and Canadian beef still not 100 percent safe
TOKYO - A Japanese team that returned Monday from a mission to investigate the United States' first confirmed case of mad cow disease warned that American and Canadian cows were still vulnerable to an outbreak of the illness.      Japan,...
View news from Japan Japan Minister Says Worried About More BSE in U.S.
TOKYO - Japan's farm minister on Tuesday expressed concern about the possibility the United States might discover new cases of mad cow disease, and reiterated Japan's stance that it would not resume imports until it was sure of the safety of U.S. beef. Agriculture...
View news from Japan Australia eager to pinch-hit for U.S. beef
JAPAN - Food retailers and restaurants, scrambling to make up for the loss of U.S. beef following its ban four weeks ago, have found a willing alternate supplier in Australia.      The Australian government said last week that...
19 January 2004
View news from Japan Japan says more U.S. mad cow cases possible
TOKYO - Japan's Farm Ministry says there is no guarantee that other mad cow cases will not be found in the United States as the two countries prepare for talks this week on lifting a Japanese ban on U.S. beef imports.      Japan,...
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