US removes import restrictions on shell eggs from Japan

TOKYO, Oct. 17 ― The United States has lifted its import restrictions on shell eggs from Japan with requirements of temperature controls.

The move comes as Tokyo has been requesting Washington since 2004 to allow shipping Japanese-grown shell eggs to the U.S. territories such as Hawaii and Guam.

The Japanese agriculture ministry said on Oct. 16 that the U.S. concluded that Japan has an equivalent inspection system for shell eggs.

According to the ministry, Japanese eggs need to be chilled at a temperature below 7.2℃ from 36 hours after being laid until their arrival at a U.S. destination.

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