Technical delegations from the United States and Japan met on Sept. 14 and 15 to discuss issues related to bilateral trade in beef and beef  products.


The working-level meeting covered such topics as current Japanese regulations and regulatory processes, Japan's risk assessment process for beef and beef products and Japan's import inspection and border measures. The discussions were led by Dr. John Clifford, chief veterinary officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Toshiro Kawashima, director and chief veterinary officer for the Animal Health Division of Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.