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Japan introduces new internet-based beef tracking system

08 December 2004

JAPAN - Japan took one step closer to total traceability this week when retailers and restaurants selling beef introduced a beef tracing system – making the coverage of Japan's tracking system probably the widest in the world. From now on all beef outlets, over 30,000 of them, will have to attach a ten-digit individual identification number or cattle lot number to their produce. Consumers, most of whom carry web-enabled phones, can trace information such as the age of the animal plus where it was raised via the Internet. Source: Just-Food.com



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