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5/17, 7:57 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Japan lifts restrictions on American beef

The United States Department of Agriculture announced on Friday that Japan had ended its longstanding restrictions on beef produced in the US, introduced back in 2005 in response to the outbreak of the so-called mad cow disease. Japan has now agreed to remove the 30-month cattle age limit on beef imported from the US.

"This is great news for American ranchers and exporters who now have full access to the Japanese market for their high-quality, safe, wholesome, and delicious U.S. beef," Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue noted in a statement.

In late April, President Donald Trump hinted at a possibility of reaching a trade deal with the Asian nation as early as May and noted that the tariffs Japan imposes on US agricultural imports should be removed due to the fact that the US does not impose punitive measures on Japanese cars.

Breaking the News / GG