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Japan reinstates ban on U.S. beef

20 January 2006

JAPAN - Japan's prime minister says his country has halted the import of U.S. beef after an animal spine was found in a beef shipment at Tokyo International Airport. "I just heard the news from the agricultural minister just now over the phone, and he said Japan will stop the import totally," Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told reporters Friday. "He also said that it is extremely important to secure the food safety for the Japanese people and we should ask U.S. to have appropriate measures." Source: CNN



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