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Japan Announces it will Lift its Ban on US Beef

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.

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