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Tuesday, 29th January 2013
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US hails easing of beef import to Japan as 'boost to industry'

Americans have welcomed the news that Japan has decided to ease restrictions on beef imports from the US.

ABC News reported that the new laws would "provide a boost to the American meat industry".

Previously, Japan only allowed the import of beef from cattle that were 20 months old or younger, despite the standard for the industry being 30 months.

The new guidelines will bring the rules in line with industry standards. 

JD Alexander, president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, said: "It's a great shot in the arm. This is going to help the profitability of the beef industry."

Japan instigated a complete ban on imports of beef from the US in 2003 after a single cow in Washington State was found to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease.

The ban was eased in 2006, although only for meat from cattle which were 20 months or younger as officials believed the risk of meat being infected was less in younger animals.

Written by Mark Smith

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