Beef Starts Sizzle in Japan
Richard Smith DTN Tokyo Correspondent
Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:59 AM CDT

TOKYO (DTN) -- August is barbecue time in Japan, the peak beef consumption season in this country. Consumers here can benefit from higher availability of U.S. and Canadian beef since the age limit on the meat was eased last year.

However, due to reduced production in the U.S. tied to tight herd supplies, Japanese grillers will pay more for the higher volumes imported.

Japan banned beef from the U.S. and Canada in 2003 because of BSE. The beef came back in 2006, albeit limited to meat taken from cattle aged up to 20 months as an anti-BSE measure. Certain "specified ...

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