The Japanese Ministry of Health announced this Wednesday that the country is resuming beef imports from the UK for the first time since imposing a BSE ban in March 1996.

Beef from British cattle under 30 months old and excluding special risk material will now be admitted into Japan. Sheepmeat imports are also allowed to resume subject to restrictions.

The anouncement came ahead of a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the UK. While Japan and the EU recently signed a trade agreement covering beef, the outcome of Brexit and potential subsequent trade agreements negotiated by the UK will decide what tariffs and checks apply to British beef entering the Japanese market in the future.

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