2007 December 20
Japan ordered imports halted from a major U.S. meat plant April 6 after a beef shipment arrived in the country without proper papers. The most recent import problems mark the third U.S. plant which has been removed from the list of plants approved to ship beef to Japan. According to Japanese officials, the problem arose when four boxes of frozen beef tongue in a two-ton shipment including 250 cases of beef arrived in Kobe, Japan. The shipment, which did not include proper documentation, originated from Cargill Meat Solutions in Dodge City, KS, the Japanese agriculture ministry announced in a statement.