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Japan eases restrictions on US beef imports

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Japan - Japan's decision to ease restrictions on US beef imports will provide a boost to the American meat industry.

But tight supplies may limit how much exports can grow this year. Beef producers hope to restore Japanese sales to where they were before the first case of mad cow disease was found in the United States in 2003.

But if Japan's decision to allow imports of beef from cattle up to 30-months-old leads to higher demand overall. American consumers may pay more for beef.

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