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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....
18 April 2007
View news from Japan Meat, Milk From Cloned Cattle Safe
JAPAN - Meat and milk from cloned bulls and cows meets industry standards and beef and milk from cloned cattle are safe for human consumption, researchers have said....
06 April 2007
View news from Japan Japan halts beef imports from Cargill Kansas plant
JAPAN - Japan suspended imports from a Cargill Inc. meatpacking plant in Kansas on Friday after it found a cargo of beef tongue that was not listed in the official U.S. document that came with the shipment, Japanese authorities said....
02 April 2007
View news from Japan Japan Says Science Will Determine Fate Of U.S. Beef
JAPAN - Japan Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshio Kobayashi said Thursday that accurate scientific data, not pressure from Washington, should be the determining factor in whether his country decides to remove current restrictions...
29 March 2007
View news from Japan After 3-Year Hiatus, American Beef Returns To First Major Japanese Supermarket
JAPAN - U.S. Ambassador Thomas Schieffer ate free samples of American beef Thursday at the first major Japanese supermarket to sell the meat after the lifting of a three-year ban over worries about possible health hazards. ...
23 March 2007
View news from Japan Japan wants US beef plant taken off approved list
JAPAN - Japan has asked the U.S. Agriculture Department to remove a Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN.N: Quote, Profile, Research) facility in Nebraska from a list of suppliers eligible to ship beef to Japan after it failed to supply proper documents. ...
13 March 2007
View news from Japan Safety terms for U.S. beef imports to stay: ministry
JAPAN - Japan won't relax its safety requirements for American beef despite an announcement in Washington that an international animal health organization will classify the United States as a country that can export beef regardless of cattle age, a senior...
01 March 2007
View news from Japan Japanese beef imports up 12% in January
TOKYO - Japan increased imports of beef by 12% in January 2007, in comparison with the same month in 2006. Australia was the major contributor to this volume lift, by adding 14% on the previous year's level....
22 February 2007
View news from Japan Japanese cattle slaughter falls slightly
JAPAN - Japanese cattle slaughter during 2006 was estimated at 1.216 million head, 1% down from the previous year (figures sourced from the Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries). ...
16 February 2007
View news from Japan Japan suspends imports from one Tyson beef plant
JAPAN - Japan will suspend imports from one U.S. beef facility after it exported a cargo that did not include documents providing the age of the cattle, a Japanese Agriculture Ministry official said on Friday....
01 February 2007
View news from Japan Japanese carcase prices high in 2006
JAPAN - Carcase prices for Japanese beef were higher in 2006, as supply continued to be limited. ...
View news from Japan Japan stock increases in November
JAPAN - Japanese stock levels of imported beef at the end of November were 18% greater than at the same time in 2005, reflecting high import volumes in November 2006 and a fall in consumption. ...
30 January 2007
View news from Japan U.S. beef imports low 6 months since ban ended
TOKYO - Lingering fears about mad cow disease and tight government restrictions have kept imports of U.S. beef at just one-tenth of what they were, even though a ban was lifted six months ago. ...
16 January 2007
View news from Japan Japan May Ease U.S. Beef Inspections
JAPAN - Japan may scale back stringent inspections of U.S. beef imports that were imposed over mad cow fears, a senior health official was quoted as saying Monday. ...
15 January 2007
View news from Japan Japan may scale back inspection of U.S. beef imports
JAPAN - The government indicated Monday it may end the current practice of inspecting all boxes of beef imports from the United States over fears of mad-cow disease. ...
12 January 2007
View news from Japan Japan to extend the current Safeguard measure in 2007
JAPAN - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has set the trigger levels of beef safeguard in Japan Fiscal Year (JFY) 2007, proposing that the current Temporary Tariff Measures Law for JFY 2006 be extended to JFY 2007. It is likely...
11 January 2007
View news from Japan U.S. wants talks to start on Japan's beef import age limit
JAPAN - U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab called on Japan on Wednesday to start talks later this year on easing its criteria for American beef imports, visiting Japanese farm minister Toshikatsu Matsuoka said. ...
08 January 2007
View news from Japan Gene-engineered cattle resist BSE
JAPAN - US and Japanese scientists reported on Sunday that they had used genetic engineering to produce cattle that resist mad cow disease. ...
20 December 2006
View news from Japan Japanese restaurants lobby for more U.S. beef
JAPAN - Japanese restaurants are set to urge the government to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports, saying the stringent rules are causing a serious supply crunch, officials said Tuesday. ...
08 December 2006
View news from Japan Japan Mulls US Suggestion For Correcting Meatpacker Errors
JAPAN - Japanese government officials Thursday began assessing a U.S. government report recommending corrective steps to be taken by a U.S. meatpacker that made a shipment last month without proper documentation, an official said. ...
View news from Japan Japan ox indicator reduced
JAPAN - Grown steer rates suffered from weaker demand this week with the year drawing to a close. The national Japan ox and medium steer indicators declined by 13¢ and 4¢, to 153¢ and 154¢/kg lwt, respectively....
14 November 2006
View news from Japan Japan Reports 30th BSE Case
JAPAN - A 5-year and 4-month-old female cow, which died last week in northern Japan, has tested positive for mad cow disease, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Monday. This is the 30th case of confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy...
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