Sao Paulo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)–Brazilian agriculture minister Tereza Cristina urged her Japanese counterpart, Takamori Yoshikawa, on Monday to lift Japan’s ban on imports of foods including fresh beef and avocado.
The Japanese government has imposed a de facto embargo on imports of fresh beef from Brazil, citing the risk of foot-and-mouth disease.
At a meeting with Yoshikawa in Sao Paulo, Cristina urged Japan to accept shipments from cattle raised in Brazilian areas deemed to be safe, indicating that her country aims for a gradual lifting of the import ban.
Yoshikawa, for his part, urged Brazil to remove the prohibition on imports from Japan of potato-based “shochu” alcohol beverages.
At a news conference after the meeting, the Brazilian minister expressed her eagerness to discuss lifting the beef import ban with the Japanese government. Japan is one of the most important markets in the world for Brazil and a promising market that demands high-quality products, she said, adding that Brazil can earn a high reputation there if exports of its beef to Japan are approved.