IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 08 Dec 2012 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import ban

On 8 December 2012, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries decided to ban imports of beef from Brazil because of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BCE) in Brazilian cattle.
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) ran tests on a 13-years-old female cow that died in the state of Parana in December 2010 and did not confirm the disease. What the OIE found is instead the presence of a protein, currently believed to cause the disease, but the animal died for other causes and it is estimated that it is unlikely that the disease would have developed, had the animal not died.
As a result, the OIE continues to qualify Brazil as a country with 'Negligible BSE risk', whereas Japan is actually considered a country with 'Controlled BSE risk'.
 
Given the official results of the investigation on Brazilian cattle, there appears not to be an internationally-recognized health safety ground for the ban of Brazilian beef.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

211 Meat & meat products
0201 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.
020130 Boneless
0202 Meat of bovine animals, frozen.
020220 Other cuts with bone in
020230 Boneless
0210 Meat and edible meat offal, salted, in brine, dried or smoked; edible flours and meals of meat or meat offal.
021011 Hams, shoulders and cuts thereof, with bone in
021012 Bellies (streaky) and cuts thereof
021019 Other
021099 Other
1601 Sausages and similar products, of meat, meat offal or blood; food preparations based on these products.
160100 Sausages and similar products, of meat, meat offal or blood; food preparations based on these products.
1602 Other prepared or preserved meat, meat offal or blood.
160220 Of liver of any animal
160232 Of fowls of the species Gallus domesticus
160239 Other
160241 Hams and cuts thereof
160242 Shoulders and cuts thereof
160249 Other, including mixtures
160250 Of bovine animals

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