YAKIMA, Wa - Japan announces it will lifts its latest ban on US beef, but no official date has been set.
Before trade resumes -- Japanese inspection officials will audit all 35 processing plants in the US that are authorized to supply beef to Japan. The ban was lifted in December -- but imposed again in January after Japanese officials found a veal shipment that contained backbone. Asian countries consider that a risk for mad cow disease.
Trade resumption only applies to US cattle twenty months and younger.
The first mad cow case in the u-s was reported in mabton back in 2003.