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Ottawa has disqualified a Calgary beef-processing facility from exporting to Japan due to a technicality that was found by Japanese inspectors, government officials said Friday.

XL Foods Inc. had no problems in terms of compliance with conditions for beef exports to Japan. But the Canadian government had qualified it for such exports March 9 before an on-site inspection, which must come before the qualification, the officials at the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said.

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