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7 arrested in beef buyback swindle

09 November 2004

JAPAN - The chairman of a meat wholesaler and six others were arrested Monday in a beef-buyback scam that authorities say netted them hundreds of millions of yen, and possibly more. They are accused of repackaging imported beef and labeling it as domestic so it would qualify for a government buyback program, introduced after a 2001 bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) scare in which mad-cow disease was detected in Japan. Source: Asahi.com



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