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Japan Partially Bans U.S. Beef

Japan ordered a partial suspension of imports of U.S. beef Feb. 8 after finding meat that could not be confirmed to comply with its restrictions, officials said, in what was called the 14th violation by U.S. beef producers in four years.

The Farm Ministry said it found cattle parts that could not be confirmed to be from cows aged 20 months or younger, as required, and the U.S. side could not verify it.

The ministry said it was halting beef imports from a meat-packaging facility in Nebraska until it received detailed reports of U.S. investigations.

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