January 23, 2006

US must be “aggressive” reopening beef trade: Bush

MANHATTAN, Kansas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said
on Monday the United States must be aggressive in reopening
markets to American beef.

"We have got to be aggressive about explaining to people
why our beef is safe," Bush said in response to a question from
the audience after delivering a speech at Kansas State

Japan said last week it suspended all imports of American
beef after finding a shipment from New York contained cattle
spinal column material, which is banned under a U.S.-Japanese
trade pact to re-establish beef trade. Japan banned American
beef imports for two years after the first case of mad cow
disease was discovered in the United States in December 2003.