Baucus, Tester: Montana Beef, It Should Be What's For Dinner
Senators Urge White House To Serve Montana Steaks To Japanese Official
Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester still have a beef with
because of an unfair beef ban, but they are hoping a "taste test" by
the Japanese Prime Minister this week will help change that.
In a letter to the White House Chef Cristeta Comerford, the senators urged
Minister Shinzo Abe has an official dinner with President George Bush and First
Lady Laura Bush. The senators say that serving
beef could help end
"We could give the Japanese thousands of scientific tests showing that
highest quality beef in the world," Baucus said. "But sometimes
there's no substitute for a good old fashioned taste test."
"There are lots of dinner choices in
juicy steak from back home," Tester said. "Prime Minister Abe is in
for a real treat. So are millions of Japanese, as soon as this ban is
beef in 2003, after a cow in Washington state tested positive for bovine
spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE.
resumed shipments of
beef from cattle 20 months of age or younger in July 2006, but international
health standards certify the safety of all
regardless of age.
In addition to fighting
beef ban, Baucus and Tester have also lead the fight to open other foreign