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From: TSS ()
Subject: Japan spots banned beef products in shipment
Date: July 14, 2006 at 7:30 am PST

July 14, 2006, 9:02AM
Japan spots banned beef products in shipment

Associated Press

TOKYO -- Japanese customs officials have spotted banned beef products as part of turkey and ham shipment from the United States, the Agriculture Ministry said today.

A box containing U.S. roast beef was spotted Monday as part of a shipment of more than 3,000 boxes containing turkey and ham from the United States, the ministry said.

The incident renewed concerns about the reliability of U.S. export controls as Japan is in the final stages of lifting a ban on U.S. beef imports.

Japan halted imports of U.S. beef in January after discovering a shipment with banned parts — only weeks after lifting an earlier ban imposed in 2003 over concerns about possible mad cow disease among U.S. cattle.

Mad cow disease is formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. In humans, eating meat contaminated with BSE is linked to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare and deadly nerve disease.

THEY can't get those banned products to Japan legally, so they try and smuggle them in, amazing what extremes these people will go to. ...


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