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The Japanese government reportedly is considering a relaxation of its rules requiring that all cows scheduled to enter the food chain be tested for mad cow disease. If approved, the revised regulations would exclude all animals 20 months or younger from testing.

An easing of internal Japanese rules would seem to bode well for some sort of resumption of exports of US beef to Japan, which has been banned since a single case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, was found in the Pacific Northwest of the US.

Approval of the decision and a change in Japan’s import rules could take several months, according to reports.
KC's View:
Wasn’t it just last week that Japan announced that it has discovered its 14th case of mad cow disease?

Maybe we’re just paranoid, but if we ran a country with 14 cases of BSE, we’d be testing every cow twice, not cutting back.