Japan mulls intellectual property protection for ‘wagyu’ cattle genes

Japan mulls intellectual property protection for ‘wagyu’ cattle genes

Mainichi Daily News

TOKYO — Japan is considering having the genes from four breeds of Japanese cattle declared a type of intellectual property to protect the product from mixed-breed imports, an official said Friday.
Japanese cattle, prized for their quality, are collectively termed “wagyu.”
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will convene a specialist panel starting Tuesday to study the matter, including possible regulations over what could be labeled wagyu, said Masaaki Iino of the ministry’s agricultural production bureau.

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