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Japan Eases Limits on US Beef Imports
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:02 AM CST

(Dow Jones) -- Japan has agreed to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports that stemmed from the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), roughly a decade ago.

U.S. officials confirmed Monday that Japan will now allow imports of beef from cattle less than 30 months of age, compared with the current limit of 20 months.

The deal takes effect Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed.

A statement from the USDA and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said the agreement should "result in hundreds of millions of dollars in exports of U.S. beef to Japan in the coming ...

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