USDA okays some beef imports from Japan

The USDA has cleared the way for whole cuts of boneless beef imports from Japan to resume, having determined that Japan is now free of foot-and-mouth disease.  The U.S. halted beef exports from Japan to the United States in April 2010 while Japan managed its food-and-mouth outbreak.

A report on Farm.Com says the USDA also reviewed Japan’s food safety measures in light of concerns about radioactive contamination as a result of their nuclear crisis last year. The U.S. reviewed and approved of those measures.  Wagyu beef, which is highly marbled, makes up the bulk of Japanese beef imported by the U.S.

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