Japan able to export raw eggs to US for first time

JAPAN - For the first time, Japan's fresh eggs can be exported to the United States after a restriction on shipments was lifted on Tuesday, the farm ministry said
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Kyodo News reports that Tokyo has been requesting Washington to allow raw egg exports since 2004.

Previously, eggs shipped to the United States were limited to those sterilised with heat, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The ministry said that fresh egg exports to Hawaii and other places at a relatively short distance from Japan can now be expected.

In order to be exported, eggs need to be chilled at a temperature below 7.2°C from 36 hours after being laid until their arrival at a US destination, it said.

In 2017, 3,891 tons of raw eggs, or 0.15 percent of domestic production, were exported for a total value of 1 billion yen ($8.9 million), with most of them destined for Hong Kong.

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