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Japan milk and imports banned

TRAVELERS are warned not to bring or mail Japanese milk or beef products to China following a ban due to the latest foot-and-mouth outbreak that hit a Japanese farm.

Milk products found in air travelers' luggage or in mail parcels will be confiscated, officials with Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said.

China issued the ban on imports of beef and milk products from Japan on April 30 after Japan reported the outbreak, officials told today's Oriental Morning Post.

Some air travelers, apparently unaware of the ban, carried the milk products in their luggage and had them confiscated.

The latest foot-and-mouth outbreak, Japan's first since 2000, was detected on April 20 and spread quickly in Miyazaki, on the southwestern island of Kyushu.

Foot-and-mouth disease affects cloven-hoofed animals, including cows, sheep, goats and deer.


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