Japan Relaxes US Beef Import Restrictions

Law360, New York (January 28, 2013, 1:26 PM EST) -- Japan agreed Monday to ease limitations on beef products exported from the U.S. that were imposed over fears of mad cow disease, permitting meat from cattle younger than 30 months old to enter the country.

The change, which will go into affect Feb. 1, raises Japan's previous 20-month-old age limit on U.S. beef and beef products. Japan has slowly rolled back restrictions on foreign beef that were put in place a decade ago at the height of the health scare over mad cow disease.

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