For Immediate Release: July 3, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
ANGIE PACCIONE ENCOURAGED THAT JAPAN IS TAKING STEPS TO END BEEF BAN
Paccione also calls for country-of-origin labeling.
GREELEY—State Rep. Angie Paccione commented today on the inspection of Swift and Company’s Greeley meatpacking plant by Japanese officials.
“I’m encouraged that Japan is taking steps to reopen their market to American beef,” Paccione said. “The ban on U.S. beef has put our beef producers at a disadvantage, and I’m confident that Japan will agree to end it. We need to resume normal trade as soon as possible.”
Paccione added that while our standards are some of the best in the world, country-of-origin labeling is essential to ensure the quality of beef eaten by Americans and consumers worldwide.
“Not only does the Japanese consumer want the quality that American beef can provide, but so does the American consumer. It’s good for consumers, and it’s good for beef producers.”