The Fourth Japan-U.S. Consultation on the BSE issue

October 19, 2004

On October 21 (Thu.) and 22 (Fri.), 2004, the Government of Japan and the United States Government will hold a consultation in Tokyo (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on the BSE issue.

At the Consultation, the two Governments will discuss issues related to the resumption of mutual trade of U.S. and Japanese beef, based on the progress made regarding the issues since the Third Consultation that took place on April 24, 2004.

Participants in the consultation are as follows:

Japan:
Kenichiro Sasae, Director-General, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

Takshi Toguchi, Director-General, Department of Food Safety, Ministry of Health,
Labour and Welfare;

Hiroshi Nakagawa, Director-General of the Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries;

(Observer) Katsuaki Suguira, Director, Information and Emergency Response Division,Food Safety Commission Secretariat, Cabinet Office; and other officials;

United States:
J. B. Penn, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, Department of Agriculture (USDA);

Chuck Lambert, Deputy Under Secretary, Marketing & Regulatory Programs, USDA;

Merle D. Pierson, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA;

Stephen Sundlof, Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, and other officials.

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