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U.S. agricultural official J.B. Penn tried Tuesday to minimize the impact of a recent shipment of banned U.S. beef material, saying it was “an isolated incident” carried out by a meatpacker inexperienced in export procedures.

“We believe this was a case of a company and an inspector being only marginally involved in international commerce,” the undersecretary for farm and agricultural services told a news conference at the U.S. Embassy after meeting with Japanese officials.

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