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15 August 2007
View news from Japan Daiei To Start Limited U.S. Beef Sales
JAPAN - Daiei Inc. said it will begin stocking American beef again Saturday after stopping sales in February 2004 out of fear of mad cow disease. ...
09 August 2007
View news from Japan Japan To Export Beef To Canada
JAPAN - Japan will export beef to Canada next week for the first time ever. ...
07 August 2007
View news from Japan Japan Studying U.S. Data To Decide On Beef Rules
JAPAN - Japan is studying data provided by the United States on U.S. beef safety as it considers relaxing its rules on beef imports, Japanese Agriculture Ministry officials said on Monday. ...
23 July 2007
View news from Japan Japanese X-Ray System Tops Danish Meat Tests
JAPAN - A Japanese manufactured food x-ray system has been rated number one in performance tests by the Danish Meat Association. ...
18 July 2007
View news from Japan Japan's Beef Wholesale Prices Falling
JAPAN - Wholesale prices of beef have been declining recently in Japan as supplies increased sharply in June following the nation's partial relaxation of import conditions for American beef, industry analysts say. ...
29 June 2007
View news from Japan Japan Ends Talks Without Changes
JAPAN - Japan and the U.S. wrapped up two-day talks Thursday after exchanging views and data on American beef imports, but there was no agreement on Washington's calls for Tokyo to relax its import restrictions, officials said. ...
View news from Japan Major Japanese Supermarket Chain Puts US Beef Back On Its Shelves
JAPAN - Major Japanese supermarket chain Ito-Yokado Co. brought American beef back to its shelves Friday, about 3 1/2 years after sales were halted in the wake of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease, a parent company spokesman said. ...
27 June 2007
View news from Japan Japan, U.S. Hold Beef Import Talks
JAPAN - Japan and the U.S. began a two-day meeting on U.S. beef imports Wednesday to exchange views as the U.S. calls for an easing of Japan's tough import restrictions. ...
26 June 2007
View news from Japan Japan, U.S. Plan To Talk Of Easing Import Of Beef
TOKYO - Japan and the U.S. will hold a two-day technical meeting on U.S. beef imports, officials said Monday, amid expectations the talks may pave the way for easing Japan's strict import restrictions. ...
View news from Japan Ministry: Meat Hope's Misconduct More Extensive Than Previously Thought
JAPAN - Meat Hope Co. routinely committed 13 types of misconduct over 24 years, including mislabeling its products, falsifying use-by dates and mixing intestines into ground meat, the farm ministry said. ...
25 June 2007
View news from Japan Japan, U.S. to Hold Meetings Over Beef
JAPAN - Japan and the U.S. will hold a two-day technical meeting on U.S. beef imports, officials said Monday, amid expectations the talks may pave the way for easing Japan's strict import restrictions. ...
21 June 2007
View news from Japan What's The Beef? Well Actually It's Pork
SAPPORO — The president of a Hokkaido meat processing company said Wednesday that one of its plants shipped products made from minced beef and pork that was labeled only as ground beef....
12 June 2007
View news from Japan Report May Lead To Looser Beef Import Rule
JAPAN - A report due out this week likely represents an initial step toward the government relaxing its stringent conditions on beef imports from the United States. ...
06 June 2007
View news from Japan Akagi Reiterates Japan's Position On U.S. Beef Imports
JAPAN - New farm minister Norihiko Akagi told U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on Tuesday that Japan is in no hurry to consider a U.S. call to ease its terms for beef imports from the United States, Japanese officials said. ...
05 June 2007
View news from Japan Japan Says No Immediate Plans To Relax Conditions On U.S. Beef
JAPAN - Japan has no immediate plans to relax its strict conditions on imports of U.S. beef, despite a decision by an international body saying some restrictions were not necessary, the government said May 23. ...
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...
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