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Japan Considering Expanded Access for U.S. Beef

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) is currently consider elimination of the 30-month cattle age restriction on most U.S. beef cuts and beef products. MHLW’s public comment period on this issue ended April 26, 2019. USMEF projects that removal of the age restriction could add $150 to $200 million annually in beef/beef variety meat exports to Japan, with short plate, outside skirt and hanging tender being some of the more popular cuts. Variety meats likely to be in demand include mountain chain tripe, tongues, abomasum and intestines.