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: Japan could stop live wagyu cattle imports because of welfare costs
: Export News Tasmania August 27, 2012, 07:32:30 PM
Japan has raised concerns about the cost of complying with new Australian animal welfare standards. Japan is reviewing whether it will import live wagyu cattle worth a million dollars.

Livestock exporter Elders has confirmed that its clients in Japan are weighing up the costs of ESCAS, the Export Supply Chain Assurance System.

Japan is one of nine countries in the next tranche which are required to comply with ESCAS by the first of September, and there's speculation some may not be ready, and live exports will be held up.

Livestock producers in Western Australia are concerned the expense of fulfilling the ESCAS audit "will be sheeted home to exporters."

Digby Stretch, chair of the livestock commitee of the WA Pastoralists and Graziers Association, says producers are "wearing Australia's conscience on our sleeve and we're not happy about it."

The ABC has sought comment from Elders.

By Sarina Locke

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