If you've been reading thsi site as much as you should, then you know that Japan has started importing USian beef again. I'm not sure why, considering Kobe beef is some of most succulent flesh this side of baby seal cheeks, but who are we to criticize?
So, anyway, Japan started importing good ol' American beef two months ago. It's gone fairly well, up until today, when but they put a temporary moratorium on future shipments since they found they found beef spines
in three boxes of beef in a recent shipment.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said in a statement Friday morning that a thorough investigation was underway and that the plant that exported the tainted shipment would no longer be able to export beef to Japan.
"Our agreement with Japan is to export beef with no vertebral column and we have failed to meet the terms of that agreement," Johanns said in the statement.
Johanns also said he was dispatching USDA inspectors to Japan to review shipments and that unannounced inspections would take place at every U.S. plant approved for beef exports.