MAD COW TESTING PROGRAM UP IN THE AIR

WASHINGTON - Before deciding whether to scale back mad cow testing in the U.S., Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns wants to convince Japan to end the ban on U.S. beef imports.Nevertheless, the wishes of Japan - which was the biggest export market for the U.S. beef industry - will not influence the U.S. Department of Agriculture's testing decision."We're certainly going to be very transparent with

WASHINGTON - Before deciding whether to scale back mad cow testing in the U.S., Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns wants to convince Japan to end the ban on U.S. beef imports.

Nevertheless, the wishes of Japan - which was the biggest export market for the U.S. beef industry - will not influence the U.S. Department of Agriculture's testing decision.

"We're certainly going to be very transparent with our trading partners, but the [testing] decision is going to be influenced by s

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