Japan tells Canada every cow must be tested for BSE

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TOKYO, Japan — Japan has outlined exactly what Canada needs to do before the country will re-open its borders to Canadian beef.

Yesterday Japan’s Agriculture Minister said Canada should test all Canadian cattle destined for Japan. As well, he said “In order to start importing beef again, we need solid scientific evidence that will reassure our consumers that there is no danger.”

Japan tests every cow it slaughters for mad cow disease and has done so since 2001. The nation says Canada must also do so if it hopes to once again export its meat to Japan. The country pulls a lot of weight because it has also threatened to ban U.S. beef if the U.S. doesn’t have a way of ensuring Japan none of its meat came from Canada once it re-opens its border.

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