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Japan reopens market access for live cattle from Australia

Staff Writer |
Japanese authorities have today announced the reopening of the $14.6 million trade in feeder and breeder cattle from Australia, following agreement on improved export certification processes.

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Effective immediately, trade may recommence under existing Animal Health Requirements, with improved export certification processes to ensure transparent information about the origin of all exported cattle.

The strengthened conditions include lifetime traceability for all animals and biosecurity clearance for the property of origin.

Officials from both countries will closely monitor the trade and are scheduled to hold further discussions on the Animal Health Requirements in the near future.

In May 2016, Japan suspended live cattle exports from Australia in response to cattle testing positive for bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) in post arrival quarantine.

The department is continuing to work closely with Australian industry and Japanese authorities to determine why animals in this consignment tested negative to BJD in Australia but positive in Japan.

BJD is a complex disease and given the significance of our trade with Japan, further laboratory work is being conducted. It is expected this will take a number of weeks to complete.

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