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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said Monday it was “an unacceptable mistake” that a shipment of U.S. beef that arrived in Japan contained bone parts in violation of an accord on preventing mad cow disease, prompting Tokyo to once again ban American beef.

In a meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, Zoellick expressed “profound regret for this failure,” a Foreign Ministry official said in briefing reporters.

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