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Japan aims to resume beef exports to Australia

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Japan aims to resume beef exports to Australia by year-end, hoping to overturn a ban on Japanese beef in place since 2001 after the discovery of mad cow disease or bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

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Japan has been in talks with BSE-free Australia since 2004 to resume exports of its gourmet wagyu beef.

Regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand found in 2015 that beef and beef products imported from Japan are safe for human consumption, and the Australian government is likely to issue a final draft report that would support lifting the ban later this year, an official with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.

Australian officials could then inspect Japanese facilities around September-November before resuming imports, the official said.

Japan’s global beef exports hit a record $118 million in 2016, the official said as quoted by Reuters.

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