The Japanese government is considering lifting restrictions on U.S. beef imports, sources told The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.
Import restrictions currently ban U.S. beef from cattle 20 months or older. The change, likely to be announced at a November Japan-United States summit, would change that restriction to cattle under 30 months of age, which includes 95 percent of all U.S. beef products, the newspaper said.
The restrictions, which began in 2003 after an outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy — commonly called mad-cow disease…
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