World Organization for Animal Health on Thursday will formally
adopt a resolution classifying Japan as a controlled-risk country
for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, according to Asian media
OIE decided at a general session earlier in the week to upgrade
Japan's BSE status, the organization's officials said.
Japan mandates that beef from domestic cattle aged 21 months and
older be tested for BSE, while it limits imports of beef to that
derived from cattle aged 20 months or younger.
The OIE ruling technically would allow Japan to ship a wider array
of product abroad. Tokyo intends to press several countries
including Russia and Mexico to import more Japanese beef.
Meanwhile, the decision might give the United States, also a
controlled-risk country, leverage in its efforts to persuade Japan
to allow imports of beef from older cattle.