Japan to resume beef imports from U.S. factory


The agriculture and health ministries said Wednesday that they have lifted a ban on beef imports from a meat-processing plant in Illinois.

The government banned beef imports from the Hillsdale factory of Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. of the United States last October after the plant was found to have shipped meat that did not satisfy Japan’s criteria to the country.

Japan imports only beef from cows aged 20 months or younger from the United States on condition that brain and other risk parts associated with mad cow disease infection are removed.

The agriculture and health ministries decided to remove the ban on the Hillsdale plant, concluding it has taken preventive measures, including the use of special containers for exports to Japan.