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As expected, the Japanese government has lifted its ban on US and Canadian beef imports, a ban that has been in place for the almost two years since mad cow disease was first identified in the US.

Conditions for US beef entering the country include assurances that imported U.S. beef come from cattle no older than 20 months and that spinal cords, brains and other parts blamed for spreading the human variant of mad-cow disease be removed.
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