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Tuesday, 19th February 2013
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Japanese supermarket chain makes use of new US beef import guidelines

An easing of restrictions on beef imports to Japan has meant that a company has been able to sell meat from cows aged 30 months or younger.

Under the new regulations which were changed on February 1st, supermarket chain Seven & I Holdings Co has been able to sell the older beef.

Previously, laws stated that only meat from cattle 20 months of younger would be accepted into the country from the US.

In 2003, a total ban was put in place on meat imported from the US after one cow was found to be infected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow's disease as it is more commonly known.

Spencer Neale, commodity marketing director for the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation expressed his pleasure at the easing of the restrictions on imports.

"Japan is a high-value market for US beef, and any increase in that trade trickles down to farmers in Virginia through increased demand and higher prices for our cattle," he said.

Written by Susan Ballion

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