JAPAN: Japan bans imports of beef from Europe, fearing BSE
The Japanese ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said yesterday (21 December) that from the beginning of January it would be implementing a ban on all beef and beef products from the majority of European countries, including the EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Currently a similar ban is in place with regard to UK produce, but in a bid to restrict the spread of BSE beef the new Domestic Animal Infectious Disease Control Law prevents imports reaching Japan from countries where no BSE cases have even been confirmed.
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