ARCHIVED - Government of Canada Welcomes Japan's Move Toward Easing Restrictions on Beef Imports

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Ottawa, Ontario, December 9, 2011 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today welcomed news that Japan is taking steps that could lead to improved access for beef imports from several countries, including Canada.

Japan will review its domestic and import regulations for beef which may lead to expanded access for Canadian beef. Japan will hold public hearings and a risk assessment will be conducted by Japan's Food Safety Commission on each country.

In 2010, Canada's exports of beef under 21 months of age to Japan totalled $81.4 million. A significant increase in exports is expected with expanded access.

For more information, media may contact:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-7972
1-866-345-7972

Meagan Murdoch
Director of Communications
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
613-773-1059

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