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Japan wants US beef plant taken off approved list

23 March 2007

JAPAN - Japan has asked the U.S. Agriculture Department to remove a Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN.N: Quote, Profile, Research) facility in Nebraska from a list of suppliers eligible to ship beef to Japan after it failed to supply proper documents.

Japan suspended imports from the facility operated by Tyson, the largest U.S. meat firm, in February after it exported a cargo to Japan that did not include documents providing the age of the cattle.

In a statement issued late on Thursday, Japan's farm and health ministries said they decided to take the step after studying a USDA report on the incident.

The report said a shipment from the Tyson meatpacking facility in Lexington, Nebraska, included two boxes of ineligible meat that were not listed on the export certificate and were not on the company's approved list of products for export to Japan.

Japan agreed last July to resume imports of U.S. beef after Tokyo reinstated a ban in January 2006 following the discovery of banned cattle parts in a veal shipment from a New York company.

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Source: Reuters


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