Lifting of Japan’s beef restrictions could be imminent

A new report out of Japan indicates that Japan’s health ministry could receive approval for relaxing the age limit on U.S. beef by the end of this month.

Japan’s Food Safety Commission is expected to give that approval, which would pave the way for Japan to move the age limit from 20 months to 30 months sometime in 2013.

Japan first banned imports of U.S. beef after the first discovery of BSE in 2003.  The country resumed purchases of U.S. beef in 2005, but only from cattle 20 months or younger.

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