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03 December 2007
View news from Japan Japan Imports Less Beef in October
Japan’s beef imports in October fell by seven per cent from the last year, to 36,080 tonnes, according to Meat and Livestock Australia's market analysts....
19 November 2007
View news from Japan Japan Wants Resolution of US Age Restrictions on Beef
JAPAN - Eight Japanese industry groups have submitted a joint request to the Japanese government, asking for an early resolution of the US/Japan beef import protocol negotiations, according to Meat and Livestock Australia....
29 October 2007
View news from Japan Meat Hope Put Rabbit In Ground beef, Test Shows
JAPAN - Former executives of bankrupt meatpacking company Meat Hope Co. mixed rabbit meat into ground meat mislabeled as 100 percent beef, according to DNA analysis by Hokkaido police. ...
18 October 2007
View news from Japan Japan Suspends Beef Imports From US Plant
JAPAN - Japan has suspended beef imports from a US meatpacking plant that violated a bilateral accord aimed at limiting the threat from mad cow disease, the government said Wednesday. ...
16 October 2007
View news from Japan BSE Measures Law Has Bark But No Bite
JAPAN - Meat from a cow temple, which is banned by law as a specified risk material, is suspected to have been taken out from a meat-processing center in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, but the violators will get off scot-free because the law does not provide...
27 August 2007
View news from Japan U.S. Japan Have "Shared Awareness" Over Safety Of U.S. Beef
JAPAN - Japan and the U.S. have a "shared awareness" on the safety of U.S. beef after a two-day technical meeting, a Japanese official said Aug. 3, as Washington seeks relaxed import restrictions imposed over bovine spongiform encephalopathy concerns....
15 August 2007
View news from Japan Daiei To Start Limited U.S. Beef Sales
JAPAN - Daiei Inc. said it will begin stocking American beef again Saturday after stopping sales in February 2004 out of fear of mad cow disease. ...
09 August 2007
View news from Japan Japan To Export Beef To Canada
JAPAN - Japan will export beef to Canada next week for the first time ever. ...
07 August 2007
View news from Japan Japan Studying U.S. Data To Decide On Beef Rules
JAPAN - Japan is studying data provided by the United States on U.S. beef safety as it considers relaxing its rules on beef imports, Japanese Agriculture Ministry officials said on Monday. ...
23 July 2007
View news from Japan Japanese X-Ray System Tops Danish Meat Tests
JAPAN - A Japanese manufactured food x-ray system has been rated number one in performance tests by the Danish Meat Association. ...
18 July 2007
View news from Japan Japan's Beef Wholesale Prices Falling
JAPAN - Wholesale prices of beef have been declining recently in Japan as supplies increased sharply in June following the nation's partial relaxation of import conditions for American beef, industry analysts say. ...
29 June 2007
View news from Japan Japan Ends Talks Without Changes
JAPAN - Japan and the U.S. wrapped up two-day talks Thursday after exchanging views and data on American beef imports, but there was no agreement on Washington's calls for Tokyo to relax its import restrictions, officials said. ...
View news from Japan Major Japanese Supermarket Chain Puts US Beef Back On Its Shelves
JAPAN - Major Japanese supermarket chain Ito-Yokado Co. brought American beef back to its shelves Friday, about 3 1/2 years after sales were halted in the wake of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease, a parent company spokesman said. ...
27 June 2007
View news from Japan Japan, U.S. Hold Beef Import Talks
JAPAN - Japan and the U.S. began a two-day meeting on U.S. beef imports Wednesday to exchange views as the U.S. calls for an easing of Japan's tough import restrictions. ...
26 June 2007
View news from Japan Japan, U.S. Plan To Talk Of Easing Import Of Beef
TOKYO - Japan and the U.S. will hold a two-day technical meeting on U.S. beef imports, officials said Monday, amid expectations the talks may pave the way for easing Japan's strict import restrictions. ...
View news from Japan Ministry: Meat Hope's Misconduct More Extensive Than Previously Thought
JAPAN - Meat Hope Co. routinely committed 13 types of misconduct over 24 years, including mislabeling its products, falsifying use-by dates and mixing intestines into ground meat, the farm ministry said. ...
25 June 2007
View news from Japan Japan, U.S. to Hold Meetings Over Beef
JAPAN - Japan and the U.S. will hold a two-day technical meeting on U.S. beef imports, officials said Monday, amid expectations the talks may pave the way for easing Japan's strict import restrictions. ...
21 June 2007
View news from Japan What's The Beef? Well Actually It's Pork
SAPPORO — The president of a Hokkaido meat processing company said Wednesday that one of its plants shipped products made from minced beef and pork that was labeled only as ground beef....
12 June 2007
View news from Japan Report May Lead To Looser Beef Import Rule
JAPAN - A report due out this week likely represents an initial step toward the government relaxing its stringent conditions on beef imports from the United States. ...
06 June 2007
View news from Japan Akagi Reiterates Japan's Position On U.S. Beef Imports
JAPAN - New farm minister Norihiko Akagi told U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on Tuesday that Japan is in no hurry to consider a U.S. call to ease its terms for beef imports from the United States, Japanese officials said. ...
05 June 2007
View news from Japan Japan Says No Immediate Plans To Relax Conditions On U.S. Beef
JAPAN - Japan has no immediate plans to relax its strict conditions on imports of U.S. beef, despite a decision by an international body saying some restrictions were not necessary, the government said May 23. ...
24 May 2007
View news from Japan Beef May Overtake Seafood In Japan
JAPAN - A government fisheries report says beef consumption may soon surpass seafood in Japan. ...
23 May 2007
View news from Japan Japan Has No Plan to Change Beef Import Rules, Official Says
JAPAN - Japan has no immediate plan to alter conditions on beef imported from the U.S. and Canada, even though a world veterinary body lowered its risk assessment of the meat, a senior Japanese official said. ...
17 May 2007
View news from Japan Japan: Public Should Have Say
JAPAN - In its recent interim report on the two domestically raised cows that were diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in 2003, the health ministry's research team said it could not confirm the infectiousness of the two cows--23 months...
15 May 2007
View news from Japan Japan restarts beef exports to H.K.
JAPAN - Japanese meatpackers resumed exports of domestic beef to Hong Kong on Monday for the first time in 5 1/2 years, holding a ceremony at a facility in Kagoshima Prefecture to celebrate the event. ...
03 May 2007
View news from Japan Beef H.K.-Bound, With 30-Month Age Cap
JAPAN - JA Zen-Noh Meat Foods Co. and Itoham Foods Inc. said Wednesday they will be the first firms to ship Japanese beef to Hong Kong since an agreement was signed in April to resume Japanese beef exports after a five-year ban over mad cow disease...
27 April 2007
View news from Japan Japan Suspects Mad Cow Disease In Bovine
TOKYO — Preliminary tests on a 6-year-old cow in western Japan indicate it may be infected with mad cow disease, a health official said Tuesday. ...
24 April 2007
View news from Japan Japan To Inspect Meat On US Soil
JAPAN - Mike Johanns has forged a deal with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, allowing Japanes inspectors to enter the US and inspect its meat packing plants. In return Japan has agreed to scrap its universal inspections of US beef....
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