In a letter to the Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ryozo Kato, Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, urged the Japanese Government to establish a concrete timeline and commit to quickly resume
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Harkin's letter also recommends a future agreement that would ban only packers violating rules established between the two countries, instead of a blanket ban against the entire beef industry. Such a policy would allow beef trade to continue for other exporting packers while cutting off only those establishments breaking the agreed upon terms.
"The entire beef industry should not bear the responsibility of one violating facility," says Harkin. "Once beef trade is reestablished, we need to agree on a framework that will help avoid similar messes in the future. By all accounts, the
Last month, Harkin received a letter from the Japanese Ambassador outlining steps that must be taken by the Government of Japan before resuming beef trade. At a meeting with members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry last month, Harkin pressed the Ambassador for a timeline to resuming beef trade. To date, the Japanese have not established any such timeline.
In his letter, Harkin expressed concern about
He adds that in a letter of May 24 and in a May meeting, the ambassador said that