Man to Face Charges for Carrying Wagyu Eggs to China

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 4 (Jiji Press)--The agriculture ministry will seek criminal charges against a man who tried to take fertilized eggs of "wagyu" Japanese beef cattle into China, it was learned Tuesday.

"We're taking procedures to file a criminal complaint" against the person believed to be a Japanese national, in a bid to prevent similar cases and strengthen the management of wagyu cattle, agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa said.

Wagyu marbled beef is popular among both Japanese and foreign consumers.

The ministry plans to refer the man to the Osaka prefectural police, on suspicion that he violated the law on domestic animal infectious diseases control.

According to ministry officials, the man left a port in Osaka Prefecture for Shanghai in July, carrying hundreds of fertilized wagyu eggs in a container. The eggs did not pass Chinese customs.

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