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U.S. Bans Japan Beef Imports Over FMD Concerns
USAgNet - 05/21/2010

The U.S. banned beef from Japan after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the southern prefecture of Miyazaki.

Bloomberg News reports that imports of boneless beef were banned in an import alert issued on April 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in an e-mailed statement on Thursday.

Japan shipped about $6 million worth of beef to the U.S. in 2009.

Foot-and-mouth is one of the most contagious livestock diseases and can have high mortality rates in young animals, according to the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE. Miyazaki is Japan's second-largest pig-farming region and third-largest producer of beef cattle.

Meanwhile, Japan will almost triple the number of animals to be culled in Miyazaki prefecture, a major farming region, as an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease threatens the nation's livestock industry.

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