Welcome Back- or Notby Boyd Kidwell
U.S. beef is back in Japan — or at least
it was when this story was submitted. Then,
just as American cattlemen anticipated a
return to days when Japanese consumers
spent $1.3 billion annually on U.S. beef,
misfortune struck again. With less than
two months of renewed trade, a vertebral
column was found in a U.S. veal shipment
to Japan, and Japan halted trade Jan. 20.
The status of trade with Japan is in
limbo. It could have reopened by the time
this publication arrives in mailboxes, or
the industry may face a repeat of the two-year
ban that was lifted in December 2005.
Regardless, the renewed trade was a first
step, and at press time several countries
— including Hong Kong, South Korea,
Taiwan and Singapore — were opening
their borders to U.S. beef. ...
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