The government is discussing plans to extend best-before dates for pork products to boost their export numbers, according to sources.

The best-before periods for Japanese pork products are shorter than those for products from other nations, making a dent in their export competitiveness. The agriculture and health ministries, related organizations and other groups will set up a study panel to draw up a report on the issue, possibly before the end of this summer, the sources said Monday.

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