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.