Asia

USMEF: Elections won’t derail Japan’s review of BSE regulations

For the past several months, regulatory agencies in Japan have been conducting a formal review of the country’s BSE-related beef import restrictions. FULL STORY »

Japan halts beef imports from Brazil over BSE link

Japan says it has halted beef imports from Brazil after the South American nation notified the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) of the discovery of the protein believed to cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow. FULL STORY »

South Korea: Rebuilding confidence in U.S. beef

Only four years ago, 100,000 South Koreans lined the streets of Seoul to protest the return of U.S. beef to Korea. Consumer confidence in American beef was at an all-time low. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Don’t lose faith in Korea-U.S. FTA

With exports of both U.S. beef and pork to South Korea being lower than in 2011, some observers may question whether the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement – which took effect in March – is living up to its promises. FULL STORY »

Expanded beef restrictions in Japan to boost U.S. cattle business

A Japanese government subcommittee recommended expanding restrictions to accept beef from cattle 30 months or younger, a 10 month increase from the current restrictions. FULL STORY »

Japan halts beef imports from one U.S. meat plant

Japan on Thursday stopped importing beef from a U.S. meat plant after American authorities failed to confirm that beef from the plant without proper documents met Japan's safety requirements on the U.S. origin, the health and farm ministries said. FULL STORY »

Australia to track foreign buyers in agriculture sector

Australia will set up a foreign-ownership register for farm lands, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Tuesday, as the government moves to ease public concern over foreign buyers in the agriculture sector, particularly Chinese. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Seng comments on export opportunities in Taiwan, China

U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Philip Seng has just returned from the Greater China region, where he examined current market conditions for beef and pork. FULL STORY »

Japan’s finest chefs choose U.S. beef for international event

When a team of Japan’s finest chefs goes head-to-head with more than 1,000 chefs from around the world starting this week (Oct. 5-10) in Erfurt, Germany, it will be relying on U.S. beef to bring home the gold medal. FULL STORY »

Senator finds Japan's action on U.S. beef encouraging

A U.S. senator on Wednesday expressed hope that Japan would ease longstanding restrictions on imports of U.S. beef following reports that a Japanese government advisory panel was recommending that action. FULL STORY »

Japan resumes beef exports to U.S. after 2-year halt

Japan is set to resume from Friday beef exports to the United States suspended since April 2010 after foot-and-mouth disease was found in Japanese cows, a farm ministry official said. FULL STORY »

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