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.