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Norway, Japan agree to discuss whale meat trade.

NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-27 March 2001-Norway, Japan agree to discuss whale meat trade(C)1994-2001 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Norway and Japan have reportedly agreed to hold working-level discussions to co-ordinate their inspection systems in order to pave the way for Japan to import whale meat from Norway.

The Norwegian Fisheries Minister Otto Gregussen and Japanese Senior Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Toshikatsu Matsuoka reached the agreement at a meeting yesterday (26 March).

The systems involve confirming DNA registration to prevent endangered species being traded and checking contamination of dioxin and other hazardous chemical substances.

It will take at least six months for Norway and Japan to co-ordinate their DNA registration systems and the inspection and analytical standards for checking contamination levels, Kyodo News reported.

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Date:Mar 27, 2001
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