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Japan sorry for not fully inspecting US beef plants

30 January 2006

JAPAN - Japan should have more thoroughly inspected US cattle facilities before easing a ban on American beef last month, Japan’s agriculture minister said today. Shoichi Nakagawa apologised in parliament for the lack of inspections. Japanese inspectors checked 11 American facilities only after deciding to ease the import ban, but did not inspect some 40 others on their list, as required by the Cabinet. “I apologise for not fulfilling the requirement to conduct inspections prior to the resumption,” Nakagawa told a parliament committee. “I will think about how to take responsibility for that.” Source: Ireland Online



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