Washington, Tokyo agree on new inspections for U.S. beef exporters

Washington, Tokyo agree on new inspections for U.S. beef exporters

HIROKO TABUCHI

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(AP) – TOKYO-The United States has agreed to let Japanese officials inspect American meatpacking plants, a step that could ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports, Japanese officials said Tuesday.

Citing concerns about mad cow disease, Japan tightly controls U.S. beef imports, allowing cuts only from cattle 20 months old or younger.

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