USDA Restricts Japanese Meat Imports After Outbreak

Law360, New York (October 25, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT) -- An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease among livestock in Japan has prompted federal regulators to impose additional restrictions on Japanese meat imports to prevent the disease from spreading to the U.S.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a notice in the Federal Register Monday announcing an interim rule removing Japan from a list of countries considered free from foot-and-mouth disease.

The agency is currently seeking public comment and will consider the feedback on or before Dec. 27, it said....
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