Speaking to nearly 5,000 cattle producers at last week's Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Denver, Colo., U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns called the latest Japanese ban on U.S. beef a "temporary setback."

He says the world is showing confidence in the safety and quality of U.S. beef, and the "USDA will do everything to maintain that confidence." Johanns said he is committed to taking a science-based approach and following international guidelines to the letter.

"International standards in regards to BSE and trade are very clear, and we are committed to making decisions based on those standards. However, in the case of Japan, we have actually gone beyond that."

Go to drovers.com to hear portions of an AgriTalk interview with Mike Johanns, covering trade issues.

Source: Drovers Alert