The issue of beef trade will be a major topic of conversation when President Bush meets with the Japan's Prime Minister in Washington on Friday. Japan has said it will not unconditionally lift the age limit on U.S. beef. Acting Ag Secretary Chuck Conner says it's important to stay focused on international standards on trade.
"The purpose of sanitary and phytosanitary international agreements is to have one set of standards by which we have all agreed to trade by," Conner says. "Japan, Korea, China; these are countries that have all agreed to trade by those international standards. Our message simply to them is do what you said you were going to do. Period."