"We take this matter very seriously and we are conducting a thorough investigation.
"I have talked with Ambassador Kato and I expressed our regret and informed him of our actions. I also offered to provide in writing an outline of our actions and the results of our investigation into this matter.
"The processing plant that exported this product has been de-listed and therefore can no longer export beef to
"I am dispatching a team of USDA inspectors to
"I have directed that additional USDA inspectors be sent to every plant that is approved to export beef to review procedures and ensure compliance with our export agreements and I am requiring that two USDA inspectors review every shipment of
"These additional inspection requirements in the
"I am also requiring that all USDA beef inspectors undergo additional training to make certain they are fully aware of all export agreement requirements. And, I have directed my staff to coordinate a meeting of representatives from all
"While this is not a food safety issue, this is an unacceptable failure on our part to meet the requirements of our agreement with
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