Japan considers beef imports from Britain


Japan plans to lift its 22-year-old ban on British beef imports later this year as no cows infected with mad cow disease have been confirmed in the country in recent years. Sources said the Japanese government is considering allowing beef from young cattle to be imported from Britain.

Japan imposed a ban on beef imports from the country in 1996. Of around 190,000 BSE-infected cattle detected around the world, some 180,000 were raised in Britain. But no BSE infection has been confirmed in the country since a 2009-born cow tested positive in 2015, leading London to request Tokyo to lift the ban.


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