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Japan lifts restrictions on all French beef exports

PARIS, Aug 7 (Reuters) - France said on Friday that Japan had now lifted all sanitary restrictions that were still weighing on the export of French beef to Japan.

The announcement came in a joint statement from the French foreign ministry and French farm ministry.

In the early 2000s as the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, hit several European countries, Japan banned beef imports from some EU countries, notably France.

Since 2013, however, Japan had lifted the ban on imports of French beef from bovine aged less than 30 months. The ban is now lifted for all bovines.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; editing by Jason Neely)

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