Nebraska beef product returns to Japan

A Nebraska-produced premium beef product is being reintroduced in Japan.

Cargill’s Spencer Beef brand was a popular item in Japan before U.S. beef exports were halted in December of 2003 due to a BSE case in the U.S.  Now Cargill is reintroducing Spencer Beef following Japan’s announcement in January that it would allow imports of U.S. beef products from cattle under 30 months of age.

Representatives of Cargill Meat Solutions at Schuyler, Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture are in Japan this week to promote the availability of Spencer Beef at events in Tokyo and Osaka.  Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach says Spencer Beef will only be produced at the Schuyler processing plant, and it will be branded as a Nebraska product in the Japanese marketplace.

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