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Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:23 PM CST

OTTAWA (Dow Jones) -- Canada's Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, said Monday Japan's loosening of restrictions on Canadian beef imports provides momentum for a free trade agreement with the Asian nation.

"There's no doubt it will provide good momentum as negotiations continue towards a Canada-Japan economic partnership agreement," Mr. Ritz said in a conference call following the Japanese action, which he described as "tremendous news."

Effective Friday, Japan will allow imports of beef from Canadian cattle less than 30 months of age.

Japan shut its door to beef imports from Canada following the discovery of a case of mad cow disease ...

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