Japan lifts all sanitary restrictions on French beef exports

Japan has finally agreed to lift the last remaining restrictions on beef imported from France, nearly 20 years after they were imposed due to concern over Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) , commonly called mad cow disease..

From 1996, Japan banned beef imports from Britain over an outbreak of BSE, later extending the ban to all EU-produced beef products in 2000.