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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 »

Regulatory changes in Taiwan helpful for rebuilding beef market

Legislators in Taiwan recently approved a bill allowing imported and domestic beef to contain safe levels of ractopamine, as measured by a maximum residue level (MRL). FULL STORY »

Delay seen in resumption of Japan's beef exports to U.S.

There will be a delay in Japan's resumption of beef exports to the United States, halted when foot-and-mouth disease was found in Japanese cows, after Washington last week asked for details of Tokyo's food safety measures against domestic radioactive contamination. FULL STORY »

Beef market implementation to shape trade talks with Taiwan

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis said the United States welcomes recent steps Taiwan has taken to reopen its market to U.S. beef, but is waiting to see how that is implemented before resuming talks to deepen trade ties. FULL STORY »

U.S. to resume beef imports from Japan after two-year ban

The United States will restart importing beef from Japan this month, ending a two-year suspension imposed after foot-and-mouth disease was found in Japanese cows, the farm ministry in Tokyo said. FULL STORY »

Taiwan moves to end trade spat over U.S. beef

Taiwan's parliament passed a measure easing restrictions on imports of U.S. beef on Wednesday, ending a months-long stand off with its third-largest trading partner and clearing the way for a resumption of stalled trade talks. FULL STORY »

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