Vice Agriculture Minister Yoshiaki Watanabe voiced doubt Monday over the effectiveness of safety measures announced by Washington last week in the wake of the discovery of the first case of mad cow disease in the United States.

“They are not as effective as the ones being implemented in Japan,” Watanabe said.

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