Japan May Ease U.S. Beef-Import Limits by April, Group Says

Japan may ease its policy on limiting U.S. beef imports to cattle age 20 months or younger, U.S. Meat Export Federation Chief Executive Philip Seng said.

“Our expectation is that it would be no later than April 1 that Japan would be able to move beyond the 20 months,” Seng said today on a conference call with reporters.

Japan, the third-largest buyer of U.S. beef last year, limits U.S. shipments on concern that older animals may be at higher risk for mad cow disease. The government’s health ministry said this week that those restrictions should be relaxed.

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