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Japan to accept exports of U.S. sheep and goat meat

Country finalizes requirements for U.S. exports after nearly 15-year ban.

After a nearly 15-year absence, U.S. lamb and goat meat has officially regained access to Japan, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced July 12. Japan closed to U.S. lamb in December 2003 after bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was detected in the U.S. cattle herd, but the country recently finalized technical requirements to allow U.S. lamb meat exports into the country again.

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