Japanese consumption of imported beef during July declined 7% year-on-year, to 40,732 tonnes.
However, the 7% decline is compared against the relatively high volume of July 2011, when radioactive contamination found in the Japanese domestic beef supply shifted some consumers towards imported products (demand and supply data released by Agriculture and Livestock Industries of Japan).
Demand for imported beef during July 2012 was also influenced by mounting stocks of domestically produced beef, which were reportedly at their highest level since September 2002.
Total Japanese beef consumption for July was steady at 71,386 tonnes, with the first seven months of 2012 totalling 492,951 tonnes, up 3% from the corresponding period in 2011, but still 8.5% lower than the same time in 2003.
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