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TOKYO--Japan has ordered imports halted from a Kansas meat plant after a shipment arrived without proper papers. It's the third American meatpacker that's had some exports to Japan stopped for technical violations. According to the agriculture ministry, four boxes of frozen beef tongue in a shipment weighing about two tons didn't have the required papers from the U-S government. The meat arrived in Kobe from Cargill Meat Solutions in Dodge City, Kansas. The US Department of Agriculture told the ministry the shipment was destined for somewhere other than Japan. US authorities are investigating why the meat ended up in Japan. No material that violated Japan's safety standards for meat imports was found in the shipment Japan banned American beef imports in December 2003 after the first case of mad cow disease in the US.
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