U.S., Japan to meet on BSE, age verification
A U.S. beef trade delegation is scheduled to visit Tokyo later in the
week of Jan. 17 in a renewed effort to convince Japan that USDA’s beef
grading system can reliably determine the age of cattle without birth
records. Age verification approval is needed before Japan is willing to
reopen its border to U.S. beef.
Japan requires that the U.S. be able to prove that cattle slaughtered
for beef export would be 20 months old or younger before it eases a ban
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