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Japan Set to Resume Beef Exports to China

26 November 2019

JAPAN - Tokyo and Beijing on Monday concluded an agreement on animal health and quarantine, taking a key step toward the resumption of Japan’s beef exports to China, halted since 2001.

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi welcomed the agreement at a meeting in Tokyo the same day.

“I strongly hope that Chinese people will enjoy delicious Japanese farm products even more,” Motegi said in a joint press conference after the meeting.

The agreement is designed to facilitate safe trade in animals and animal-derived foods through closer cooperation on cross-border controls against animal diseases. It was signed by Japanese Ambassador to China Yutaka Yokoi and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Kong Xuanyou before the ministerial meeting.

China placed its import ban on Japanese beef after the outbreak of mad cow disease, formally called bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), in Japan in September 2001.

The two countries see the agreement as an important step toward the resumption of Japanese beef exports, with details to be worked out later.

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Source: The Japan News

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