US beef shipment violates Japan's age rules

by Editor
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Japan has announced it is shutting down beef imports from the United States firm, Tyson Food's.

The reason is that part of a shipment from the plant couldn't be proven to have come from cattle no more than 20 months old.

However, US Agriculture Secretary, Mike Johanns, says US officials do not know for certain whether the shipment actually violated the rule.

According to USDA spokeswoman, Terri Teuber, USDA has verified that the additional boxes in the shipment contain beef from cattle under 30 months of age.

As to whether the beef met Japan's requirement of coming from cattle under 21 months of age, the USDA just does not know.

US and Japanese officials are talking to try to limit any ramifications from the incident.