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Japan May Ease U.S. Beef Inspections

16 January 2007

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.

Japan eased a 2 1/2-year ban on U.S. beef in July, but strict restrictions — including every box of American beef being opened and checked by Japanese officials — has slowed imports.

That practice could soon be under review, Kyodo News agency reported, quoting a senior health official.

"We will sort out findings to decide what to do" over the practice of opening all boxes, the report quoted Hideshi Michino, head of the Health Ministry's imported foods division, as telling a public hearing.

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Source: CBS News


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