Japan moves to limit Wagyu beef brand

AUSTRALIA - In what could be a major blow for Australia's beef producers, Japan is trying to crack down on the use of the "Wagyu" label.
calendar icon 21 December 2006
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Wagyu beef originated in Japan, and it has gained a big following in Australia and elsewhere among chefs, food writers and connoisseurs.

But now the Agriculture Ministry in Tokyo wants to protect the product by limiting the brand to cattle raised in Japan.

The move could prove devastating for sections of the Australian beef industry, which have been making big inroads into this lucrative niche market.

Source: ABC Online

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