Linky: http://money.cnn.com/2006/01/20/news/international/japan_beef/index.htm?cnn=yes This is why I have been boycotting beef for the past few years. I have no confidence in US beef producers' concern for consumers. (I guess they figure the disease takes so long to affect anyone, it would be impossible to pinpoint any one source and sue that one company.) Their only concern is their bottom lines... And apparently even that isn't important enough to convince them to honor an agreement which, if broken, could cost them billions of dollars a year. Japan can test every animal sold, but the US can't? Such steps "were not necessary or economical" -- well, which one is it? Let me guess.