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The farm ministry on Tuesday began checking all uninspected beef submitted by a Nippon Meat Packers Inc. subsidiary, which is at the center of a scandal for mislabeling beef in a bid to receive state buyback subsidies for unsold domestic meat.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry searched Nippon Food Inc. warehouses in Tokyo and Osaka and will inspect other sites later this week, ministry officials said.

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