Japan's Age Limit for Beef May Rise
Richard Smith DTN Tokyo Correspondent
Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:06 PM CST

TOKYO (DTN) -- Japan's age limit on U.S. and Canadian beef may rise from 20 to 30 months as soon as the end of February.

On Jan. 28, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council will start studying recommendations regarding raising the age limit. If the council acknowledges the recommendations, within two weeks it will start procedures to raise the age limit, reported agricultural daily Nihon Nogyo Shimbun.

The age limit will then go up to 30 months between late February and early April. Meat from French and Dutch cattle, banned because of bovine ...

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