Mad Cow fears prompt Japan to request
country-of-origin labels on beef

June 17, 2003, Concern over another possible mad cow outbreak has prompted Japanese officials to request that beef exporters provide a country-of-origin certificate for all beef shipments beginning July 1. Japan is requesting labels from 26 countries including the United States.
Requests stemmed from the fear that Canadian beef, which recently discovered a single infected cow in one of its herds, could enter the Japanese marketplace via the United States.
Japan’s beef industry was severely hit by an outbreak of the disease there in 2001 and consumer demand for beef has only recently begun to recover.

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