Klobuchar to China and Japan: Where’s the beef?

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other senators want China and Japan to start buying U.S. beef again.

Both countries banned U.S. beef after a 2003 outbreak of BSE, a bovine disease, and the ban continues even though the World Organization for Animal Health has ruled that U.S. beef from cattle of all ages is safe.

So Klobuchar and other senators are urging U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to get on China and Japan’s case to reopen the markets.

“These markets hold tremendous opportunity for Minnesota and U.S. beef producers. I urge Ambassador Kirk and Secretary Vilsack to continue to work quickly to remove barriers to trade and create a competitive playing field for the U.S. beef industry,” said Klobuchar, who is a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. She also chairs the Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion, working on a competitive agenda to move America forward and help open new markets for U.S. products overseas.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by bernie hesse on 08/05/2011 - 09:52 am.

    We represent workers in the meatpacking industry and we have experienced a double edge sword when it comes to the often flawed trade agreements.
    While we applaud more trade with other countries it should be fair trade.
    1. Workers on both ends benefit
    2. No dumping of product by the multi-nationals
    (most of our members were farmers until their country of origin was flooded with cheap commodities, thus forcing them off their farms)
    3. Food Safety must be of the upmost importance and country of origin labeling must be agreed upon.
    4. We must respect the environment, sovereignity issues, and once again- fair trade that benefits everyone, not just multi-national corporations

  2. Submitted by dean braun on 08/05/2011 - 10:06 am.

    Amy: Tell Kirk and Vilsack to do their job and you stay home and do yours. Have some town hall meetings and talk to your constituents so you start voting on the issues the way we want you vote. Quit spending taxpayer money on your boondoggles. YES, STAY HOME AND DO YOUR JOB. Maybe you can find our how we really feel about Obamacare, the debt ceiling resolution and many other items that face this country. The Japanese and Chinese won’t be voting in the 2012 election.

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