Japanese beef back in Hong Kong

The Japanese beef exports to Hong Kong that resumed last month after a five-year hiatus did so under a 30-month age restriction, rather than the 20-month restriction Japan's government imposes on U.S. beef imports into Japan. The 20-month restriction has been a burr under the saddle of the U.S., which has futilely pressured Japan to adhere to international scientific standards on beef trade. Hong

The Japanese beef exports to Hong Kong that resumed last month after a five-year hiatus did so under a 30-month age restriction, rather than the 20-month restriction Japan's government imposes on U.S. beef imports into Japan. The 20-month restriction has been a burr under the saddle of the U.S., which has futilely pressured Japan to adhere to international scientific standards on beef trade.

Hong Kong banned Japanese beef in fall 2001 after a Japanese dairy cow was found infected with BSE. Japan has discovered another 31 cases in its domestic herd since then.