U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today issued the following statement after the U.S. and Japan announced an agreement that will allow American ranchers to export millions of dollars' worth of beef to Japan:
"This is great news for Nebraska's economy and cattle producers," Johanns said. "Revising these restrictions on American beef recognizes our producers as some of the best in the world. Our farmers and ranchers have always produced the highest quality beef and our internationally renowned food safety system has protected consumers for decades.
"While I would prefer that all of our trading partners fully align their policies to meet international standards, this move by Japan was a significant step in the right direction and I applaud it. Japan is an important trading partner to the U.S. and I appreciate this strengthening of our trade relationship."