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8. Taiwan to lift ban on Japanese beef imports

Taiwan has decided to conditionally lift a ban on beef imports from Japan. It introduced the measure in 2001 following an outbreak of BSE, or mad cow disease, in Japan.

The Taiwanese authorities say imports will be allowed for beef from cattle under 30 months old. Risky parts must be removed. The products must carry official certificates that show they have been processed properly.

They note that the safety of Japanese beef has been confirmed as there have been no cases of the disease in Japan for some time.

But they add that the ban will still apply to beef from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Chiba, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures.

Taiwan has halted food imports from the 5 prefectures since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011.

Taiwan relies on imports for more than 90 percent of its beef consumption.
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