Alta. slaughterhouse packers say Japanese beef market open if all cows tested April 26, 2004
GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. - Neil Peacock of the Peace Country Tender Beef Co-op, a tiny northern Alberta beef slaughterhouse, is cited as saying in this story that say Japanese officials will approve imports from their facility if the Canadian government allows it to test all of its cattle for mad cow disease, adding: ``We were told by Japanese officials our beef would be welcomed with open arms if we can get the testing approved back here at home.''
Canadian beef has been shut out of Japan since bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE was first discovered on Canadian soil May 20. Japan has been adamant it will not allow Canadian beef into the country unless 100 per cent of it is tested for the deadly brain-wasting disease.
Canada has thus far refused to meet the Japanese testing demands, testing only a small fraction of the country's cattle for mad cow and not allowing individual beef producers to test for the disease.