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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday sent an inspection team to visit U.S. beef processing facilities after beef parts banned under an agreement that partially reopened the Japanese market to U.S. exports were discovered last month in a shipment from New York.

The five-member team, headed by Toshikatsu Matsuoka, former senior vice farm minister, will visit meatpacking plants, including a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Kansas, and return home Monday, according to LDP officials.

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