Japanese Rules Affect US Pork Industry

US - New Japanese food import standards may require more U.S. testing and could force some U.S. pork producers to change what they feed their hogs.
calendar icon 26 May 2006
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"This is going to make ripples through the industry," said Danny Kluthe, a producer with about 8,000 hogs in Nebraska, where pork is the fourth-largest agricultural commodity. "If (Japan) has a problem with something we're doing, we have to address it, really grab the bull by the horns."

With Japan banning U.S. beef amid fears about mad cow disease (news) , the pork industry is cautious. The National Pork Board says one animal in violation of the Japanese regulations, which go into effect Monday, could imperil the lucrative Japanese market.

Source: ABC 7 News

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