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May 7, 2006

U.S. Presses Japan for Resumption of Beef Imports

Government officials in Japan have increasingly been calling for a resumption of beef imports from the United States as Japan and the U.S. are are scheduled to hold negotations on the issue later this month.  Many Japanese officials are advociating an end to the ban even before confirmation of the safety of U.S. meat processing facilities.  U.S. officials have been pressing Japan to lift the ban on beef imports imposed by the government in January when imported U.S. beef was found with body parts that were designated as materials that were risk for mad cow disease.  Some Japanese officials are advocating the resumption of imports in stages, beginning with products that are processed at facilities Japanese inspectors have designated as safe. Daily Yomiuri Online


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