Japan imports of U.S. beef slump after ban lifted

US - Japanese imports of U.S. beef totaled only 105 tonnes in August, the first full month of shipments since Tokyo reopened the market to meat from the United States, government data showed on Thursday.
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That figure marks a plunge from the 22,000-25,000 tonnes of U.S. beef that industry officials say Japan was importing each month in 2003 before it imposed a ban following the discovery of a case of mad-cow disease in the United States.

Tokyo briefly lifted the ban at the end of last year, but closed its borders again about a month later in January when inspectors found forbidden meat parts in a U.S. shipment.

Japan imported about 41 tonnes of U.S. beef in December and 623 tonnes in January before the ban was reimposed.

Source: washingtonpost.com
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