As reports from Bloomberg indicate, Japan may lift its ban on domestic beef and pork shipments in July.
The ban has been in place since an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in May. Shipments from the affected region Miyazaki could resume as early as July 16, if no further outbreak is occurs, a Japanese government official said. Resuming the stalled meat flow could boost meat supply in Japan, which might diminish demand for imported pork and beef. Miyazaki is the nation’s second-largest pig producer and third-largest for beef cattle.