Media July 2014

Imports now possible for “authentic” Japanese beef

Wagyu can now be exported from Japan.

Wagyu can now be exported from Japan.

The recent lifting of a Europe-wide ban on Japanese wagyu, or beef, means the famous product can now be exported to the UK, The Grocer reported on 10 June.

The meat, genetically predisposed to intense marbling, had previously only been available from UK-reared herds or from imports originating in countries such as New Zealand.

Yoshimi Nakano, chairman of the supervisory board of the Zen-Noh National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations, said the group was delighted with the development and any wagyu imported from Japan would bear a Universal Wagyu Mark.